Ramzan Kadyrov, the acting head of the Autonomous Republic of Chechnya, called on the Russian army to use “low-energy nuclear weapons” in the war with Ukraine. “I think more drastic measures must be taken,” Kadyrov said.
Kadyrov argues, among other things, for the “declaration of martial law (A state of war in which the army takes power, ed.) in border areas and the use of low-energy nuclear weapons,” he wrote in a Telegram message, also condemning the “nepotism” within the Russian army.
Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has previously criticized the Russian army’s losses in and around eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. For example, he earlier posted an 11-minute video in which he emphasized the “need to make changes” to turn the tide of the war in Russia’s favour. He also stated in the video that he would speak with Putin in person to explain “the seriousness of the situation on the ground.”
Lack of military logistics
The Chechens also attacked Alexander Labin, a colonel of the Russian army who fought in the strategic city of Lyman, which the Ukrainians have recaptured today. Kadyrov called Lapin a “middle-ranking colonel” who should be fired. Today, due to the lack of basic military logistics, we have lost many settlements and a large area of land.
Since 2007, Kadyrov has headed Chechnya, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus. The politician is an outspoken supporter of the war in Ukraine, where Chechen forces make up an important part of the Russian army.
Other Putin allies, including former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, have also encouraged Russia to use nuclear weapons.
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