Russia’s head of Chechnya republic says forces will ‘take Kyiv’ – Nationwide

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Ramzan Kadyrov, the highly effective head of Russia‘s republic of Chechnya, mentioned early on Monday that there might be an offensive by Russian forces not solely on the besieged port of Mariupol, but in addition on Kyiv and different Ukrainian cities.

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“There might be an offensive … not solely on Mariupol, but in addition on different locations, cities and villages,” Kadyrov mentioned in a video posted on his Telegram channel.

“Luhansk and Donetsk – we’ll totally liberate within the first place … after which take Kyiv and all different cities.”


A person with a bicycle walks in entrance of a destroyed condominium constructing within the city of Borodyanka, Ukraine, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Russian troops occupied the city of Borodyanka for weeks. A number of condominium buildings had been destroyed throughout preventing between the Russian troops and the Ukrainian forces within the city round 40 miles northwest of Kiev.


AP Photograph/Petros Giannakouris

Kadyrov, who has typically described himself as Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s “foot soldier,” mentioned there needs to be little doubt about Kyiv.

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“I guarantee you: not one step might be taken again,” Kadyrov mentioned.

Kadyrov has been repeatedly accused by the USA and European Union of rights abuses, which he denies.

 

Moscow fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, a primarily Muslim area in southern Russia, after the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union. But it surely has since poured big sums of cash into the area to rebuild it and given Kadyrov a big measure of autonomy.

The Kremlin describes its actions in Ukraine as a “particular operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbor and on Sunday Russia intensified its assaults in japanese Ukraine.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Ronald Popeski in Winnipeg; Writing by Lidia Kelly;Enhancing by Christopher Cushing and Stephen Coates)



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