According to Russian media sources, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has landed in the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol to boost fighter morale. Russia’s military campaign in pro-Western Ukraine has included Chechen fighters. According to Ukraine, roughly 160,000 inhabitants in Mariupol are still trapped by Russian forces, with little or no food, water, or medical. Chechnya’s National Politics Minister Akhmed Dudayev told official news agency RIA Novosti that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is in Mariupol to “boost the battle spirit of our warriors” as well as deliver them extra equipment.
Kadyrov, 45, was raised to the rank of General-Lieutenant by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Dudayev. Kadyrov is currently a member of the National Guard and previously held the rank of General Major. Russian television aired footage of Kadyrov supposedly meeting a man identified as Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev, one of the generals accused of being assassinated by Ukrainian authorities. According to Dudayev, Kadyrov attended a meeting with Mordvichev and other commanders. Kadyrov will “adjust and complete plan for next activities for a few of days, in order to release Mariupol,” he stated.
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