Kadyrov got angry with Putin and stopped sending Chechens to Ukraine. There were anti-war rallies in Grozny

Kadyrov got angry with Putin and stopped sending Chechens to Ukraine. There were anti-war rallies in Grozny
Kadyrov got angry with Putin and stopped sending Chechens to Ukraine. There were anti-war rallies in Grozny

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadîrov has decided to exempt all of Chechnya from the mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports The Moscow Times. The announcement comes after anti-war rallies were held in the region, on the one hand, and because the Chechen leader was angered by the largest exchange of prisoners since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which also involved the commanders of the Azov detachment, who became heroes after they defended the steel plant in Mariupol.

Kadyrov had announced Thursday evening that Chechnya had already sent 20,000 soldiers to Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.

“The Republic of Chechnya exceeded its recruitment plan by 254% even before the announcement of partial mobilization,” he wrote in a post on Telegram.

Kadyrov and his allies have boasted about the presence of Chechen troops in Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while Chechen soldiers regularly post videos of themselves in Ukraine on social media.

Appearing to address dozens of Chechen women who took to the streets of Grozny to rally against the partial mobilization announced by Putin, Kadyrov said: “I appeal to the Chechen population, especially our beloved and respected mothers, to keep the calm.”

Kadyrov’s defiance of Russian Defense Ministry orders comes just days after he himself asked colleagues in Russia’s “11 time zones” to “self-mobilize” 85,000 troops.

It also follows his increasingly outspoken criticism of the Kremlin’s decisions regarding the war in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Kadyrov said he was “extremely dissatisfied” with the prisoner swap in which 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters were released in exchange for 55 Russian soldiers and a Putin ally suspected of high treason by Kyiv.

Kadyrov has openly criticized Russia’s territorial losses in Ukraine after six months of invasion.

“If we had used at least some of our weapons and equipment, we would have achieved our goal long ago. But since management decided otherwise, it’s our job to follow orders,” he wrote.

Kadyrov is believed to have a free hand over Chechnya – a Russian republic that has fought two bloody separatist wars against Moscow – in exchange for loyalty to the Kremlin.

Moscow did not comment on Kadyrov’s statement.

Publisher: MB

The article is in Romanian

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