Ramzan Kadyrov, bloodthirsty leader of Chechnya, claims in an online video that he is close to Kiev: the “kdyrovtsky”, his militiamen, had to kill Zelensky, but he lost dozens of men in the battle of Hostomel
Ramzan Kadyrov is at ease among the dead and is even more comfortable alongside Vladimir Putin. So it is possible that the Chechen dictator has arrived on the battlefield to coordinate his contingent in Ukraine. The leader appeared in a video on the Telegram channel as a leader. He is wearing camouflage, perhaps the boots of an Italian high fashion brand, ready to discuss next moves with unit commanders deployed in the Hostomel area. “The other day we were about 20 kilometers from you Nazis, now we are even closer,” he said urging the enemies to surrender or “we will finish you”.
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Words of a brutal, bloodthirsty character, faithful executor of the Tsar’s orders. For now there are no confirmations on the presence of him, while the Kremlin preferred to say it had no information. Phrase that leaves open any hypothesis around a figure who loves to be the center of attention, is not afraid of excesses, good for all seasons of the Kremlin. The brief sortie on the web, in fact, represents a double role, operational and propaganda. The first linked to the pressure of the Russian forces in the direction of the capital. The second serves to boost the soldiers after the losses they have suffered in recent weeks. A track on which Kadyrov has set out, always ready “to defend the interests of Russia”, which are also his own.
The gathering in the square
At the start of special operation iThe president attended a street gathering with hundreds of militiamen, the “kadyrovtsky”, a show to accompany the news of the sending of 10 thousand men to the side of the Army. An avant-garde. Because, as he thundered himself, 70,000 are ready. Proclamations followed by images of a military column taken on the ground after the invasion, always confirming a direct commitment that is not without surprises. A department has had dozens of deaths, hit by the TB2 drone raid (Turkish production) and by the attack of local special forces. Among the victims of the officers.
Reverse denied across the board by the pro-Russian regime. We only had two casualties, the despot replied, trying to minimize the impact. But it was a long time ago, the battle in the Hostomel region then became more intense, with damage for everyone. Kadyrov, as some audio messages passed to the Bbc, he was among the few who had been informed for months of what was going to happen. In the dialogues – difficult to authenticate – the number one discusses with his officer the preparations for war, the targets, the fears of negative reactions among the ranks. There are explicit references to meetings held with the Russians for coordination. An involvement that is reflected in the ongoing support from Grozny to Moscow.
As Neil Hauer pointed out, Chechnya represents a pattern that the Kremlin would like to reproduce – while taking into account the differences – on Ukrainian soil. In addition, the militiamen participated in the decisive intervention in Syria, first taking part in the clashes, and then carrying out military police duties. Role that they could play once the major centers have been conquered. Maybe they will also have to contend with the Chechen allies of Ukraine and not from today. Hauer also remembers the presence of two anti-Russian formations, the Sheikh Mansour Battalion and the Dudayev Battalion, whose leader Adam Osmaev suffered an attack in Kiev in 2017 where his wife died. The couple had participated in the conflict in the Donbass.
Ambushes are Kadyrov’s other specialty, not a few opponents have been liquidated abroad. A team of him would be tasked with eliminating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky and capturing other executives. The agents were also said to have decks of cards depicting the wanted, an imitation of what the Americans did when they hunted down Saddam Hussein’s closest collaborators in Iraq. Perhaps the story of the secret plan is only a “rumor”, the substance does not change: when Moscow calls the despot he executes.
More torturous the case of Syrian “volunteers”, a component on which unverifiable news is circulating. A report points to 400 in the Rostov region, while Russian TV instead showed the recruitment in Syria, the Deir ez Zour area, an operation managed by Husam Qaterji, a rather influential hierarch. Until a few days ago US sources had shown caution over the massive influx of Arab mercenaries while analysts seemed unconvinced, believing that Moscow would not need it and that it would even be counterproductive. If they get serious it won’t take long to find out.