Chechen soldiers join Russian assault on Ukraine
Published: 22:02 26 February 2022
Ramzan Kadyrov, a key ally of Putin, spoke to military units yesterday
The leader of Russia's Chechnya region says he has deployed his fighters to Ukraine to join battle with Russian troops.
In a video posted online, Ramzan Kadyrov said Chechen forces had so far successfully captured a Ukrainian military facility without suffering any casualties.
The leader of the southern Russian republic is a key ally of the Russian president.
Justifying the invasion, he says Putin's decision to attack Ukraine will prevent Moscow's enemies from using the country to launch an attack on Russia.
Chechen fighters loyal to Kadyrov have a notorious reputation and stand accused of human rights abuses.
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