Brutal Chechen warlord who has joined Russia taunts Ukraine

Brutal Chechen warlord who has joined Russia taunts Ukraine

Brutal Chechen warlord who has joined Russia’s bloody onslaught taunts Ukrainian resistance by saying ‘you don’t have long left’

  • Ramzan Kadyrov, 45, warned those defending Kyiv they would be hunted down
  • He vowed to ‘end’ those who do not surrender after he claimed to be near Kyiv 
  • But a Ukranian newspaper established he was in Grozny, Russia not Ukraine

A brutal Chechen leader has claimed Ukraine’s resistance does not ‘have long left’ after he joined Russia’s bloody onslaught against the country. 

Warlord Ramzan Kadyrov warned those defending Kyiv they would be hunted down and killed as he claimed to be inching closer to the heavily shelled capital.

He announced his arrival in Ukraine by posting a video online and vowing to ‘end’ those who refuse to surrender. 

Claiming to be near Hostomel airport, just north of Ukraine’s capital, on Sunday, he wrote online: ‘The other day we were about 20km from you Kyiv Nazis [the Kremlin’s propaganda term for the resistance] and now we are even closer. 

‘You don’t have long left. It’s better you surrender and stand alongside us… or your end will be at hand.’ 

Warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, pictured, warned those defending Kyiv they would be hunted down and killed as he claimed to be inching closer to the heavily shelled capital.

A Ukrainian news­paper said it had established that Kadyrov, pictured, was actually in Grozny in Russia when he claimed to be near Kyiv by sending him a message on Telegram and getting him to click on a link that revealed his location. 

The Chechen leader, 45, who calls himself ‘Putin’s foot soldier’, is said to lead an army of 10,000 militia including his three sons.

But his fighters – who have previously been accused of war crimes – have so far been held back along with Russian forces by Ukraine’s fierce resistance. 

His entry into the war suggests that his Chechen forces could play a key role in the Russian push to seize the capital after its largely stalled invasion. 

Ramzan Kadyrov and Vladimir Putin pictured together on social media

Experts say it could also play a role in Moscow’s propaganda war, with Kadyrov’s video updates and images of Chechen troops widely circulated on social media. 

Unconfirmed reports have suggested Chechen soldiers were murdering people and forcing them out of their homes on the outskirts of Kyiv. 

Kadyrov has been accused of human rights violations in Russia’s Chechnya republic where he rules with an iron fist. 

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