Kadyrov says Chechen models had to this point suffered no losses and Russian forces took massive Ukrainian cities together with the capital Kyiv.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the chief of Russia’s Chechnya area and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has mentioned Chechen fighters had been deployed in Ukraine, and he urged Ukrainians to overthrow their authorities.
In a video posted on-line on Saturday, Kadyrov boasted that Chechen models had to this point suffered no losses and mentioned Russian forces may simply take massive Ukrainian cities together with the capital, Kyiv, however their process was to keep away from lack of life.
“As of as we speak, as of this minute, we do not need one single casualty, or wounded, not a single man has even had a runny nostril,” Kadyrov mentioned, denying what he mentioned have been false reviews of casualties from Ukrainian sources.
“The president [Putin] took the precise resolution and we’ll perform his orders beneath any circumstances,” mentioned Kadyrov.
Kadyrov has usually described himself as Putin’s “foot soldier” and his phrases echoed these of the Russian chief who on Friday urged Ukrainians to stand up in opposition to their very own authorities, which he mentioned was made up of “neo-Nazis”. Ukrainian officers say that description of them is absurd.
Kadyrov has deployed his forces overseas to help Kremlin navy operations earlier than – in Syria and Georgia.
Kadyrov launched his video as Russian forces pounded Ukrainian cities with artillery and cruise missiles on Saturday for a 3rd day working and a defiant President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the capital Kyiv remained in Ukrainian fingers.
A brief video revealed by the state-backed Russian information channel RT, which it mentioned was from Friday, confirmed hundreds of Chechen fighters gathered in the principle sq. of the area’s capital Grozny in a present of readiness to battle in Ukraine.
It was not instantly clear whether or not these fighters, who numbered some 12,000 in accordance with RT, had already been deployed to Ukraine. RT mentioned on Friday that they have been awaiting an order from Putin to go in.
Ignoring warnings from the West, the Russian president unleashed a full-scale invasion that the United Nations refugee company mentioned has compelled virtually 116,000 individuals to flee to neighbouring international locations.
Tens of hundreds extra are estimated to be displaced inside Ukraine, with many on the transfer to much less affected western areas of the nation.
Ukrainian Well being Minister Viktor Lyashko mentioned 198 civilians, together with three kids, had been killed within the battle and 1,115 wounded.
The US, EU and Western allies have ramped up sanctions in opposition to Russia, concentrating on banks, oil refineries, and navy exports.
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has pledged to not give up and proceed combating to defend his nation.
Zelenskyy mentioned his nation had “derailed” the Russian plan of overthrowing him and urged Russians to strain Putin into stopping the battle.
Russia, in the meantime, accused Ukraine of prolonging the battle by refusing to take up its supply of negotiations in neighbouring Belarus, the place Russia has stationed hundreds of troops.