"...Near the settlement of Tolstoy-Yurt our convoy [of cars] was fired upon. We were moving under white flags, unsuspecting... Our car made a sharp turn and thatís where it was hit by an artillery shell. It happened between 9 and 10 AM, in the vicinity of Tolstoy-Yurt and Goryachevodskoe. As I was getting out of the vehicle, I saw Lena a ways off with her head down. I dragged her down, thinking she was dead, but she was still alive, although wounded. I noticed that Daresh was wounded, but I was not able to come to her aid, as the next moment I was hit in my head and I fell unconscious.
When I regained consciousness, I crawled away from the car as far as I could. With the second shell hit, more people were wounded. That shell was fired upon the other vehicle. We were laying flat for four hours straight, being unable to even lift our heads as the pounding continued. We watched cars hit by artillery fire and burn, people perish right and left. I am not sure what kind of shells were those fired at our cars: anti-tank or some other kind; but they werenít bombs or rockets."
Village Sadikurt, Chechnya. Taken: February, 2000