Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrovrecognized the death of 23 soldiers of the Chechen Republic in the Ukrainian region of Khersonin the south, when units from one of its battalions were shelled this week.
“Many people know that earlier this week one of the Chechen units was bombed. This happened in the Kherson region. All rescue operations at the site have been completed and there is a final list of dead and injured,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Kadirov, one of the biggest supporters of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine and whose men – known as “Kadirovtsi” – are fighting in Donetsk and Kherson, explained that 23 soldiers were killed and 58 woundedof which four are in serious condition although their lives are not in danger.
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Kadyrov’s comments were unusual, given that pro-Moscow forces have rarely admitted major battlefield losses since the war began. In a statement on Telegram, Kadyrov said the incident had taken place in the southern Kherson region.
“As of today, 23 fighters have been killed, 58 have been wounded and four of them are in critical condition. They get medical treatment in Rostov and Moscow,” he said.
Kadyrov, who heads Russia’s Muslim-majority Chechnya region, describes himself as a putin’s soldier and says that he has sent thousands of men to fight in the war.
Following the attack, Chechen forces carried out a revenge offensive and killed some 70 ukrainianshe indicated.
“I call on all my compatriots to join in the path of Allah. We must all be fully prepared for any developments in the situation. You cannot sit idly by. Fight for your religion, home, family, country, it is the duty of every man! ”, He emphasized.
(With information from EFE and Reuters)
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