The leader of The Russian Chechnya region’s ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Chechen fighters had been deployed in Ukraine and urged the Ukrainians to reverse their government.
In a video posted onlineRamzan Kadyrov boasted that Chechen units had so far suffered no losses and said Russian forces could easily take major Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, but their task was to avoid loss of the life.
“As of today, as of this minute we don’t have one a single casualty or injury, not a single man even had a runny nose,” Kadyrov said, denying what he said was false reports of victims of Ukrainian sources.
“The President (Putin) took the right decision and we will carry out his orders under any circumstances,” Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov often described himself as Putin’s “foot soldier” and his words echoed those of the russian leader who on Friday urged Ukrainians to rise up against theirs governmentwhich he said was made up of “neo-Nazis”. Ukrainian officials say the description of them is absurd.
Kadyrov deployed his forces abroad to support Kremlin military operations before – in Syria and Georgia.
Kadyrov posted his video as Russian forces pounded Ukrainian towns with artillery and cruise missiles on Saturday for a third consecutive day and a provocative President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the capital Kyiv just stay in Ukrainian hands.
A short video posted by the state-backed Russian news the RT channel, which it said was from Friday, showed thousands of Chechen fighters gathered in the main square of the regionthe capital Grozny in a show of ready to fight in Ukraine.
It wasn’t right away clear if these fighters, who numbering some 12,000 according to RT, had already was deployed in Ukraine. RT said on Friday they were waiting for an order from Putin to surrender in.
Moscow fought two bloody wars with separatists in Chechnya, predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia, after the break-up of 1991-up of the Soviet Union, but has since paid huge sums of money in the region for rebuild and gave Kadyrov a great measure of autonomy at run things.