The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Gaidai, said troops Chechen pro-Russia only good at loot and making videos during raids Ukraine.
Gaidai’s comments were in refutation of statements by the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who called his troops involved in fierce fighting in Luhansk. He also denied Kadyrov’s statement which said Chechen troops had already controlled the town of Popasna in the Luhansk region.
Quote from ReutersGaidai said Chechen forces were not involved in heavy fighting in Luhansk.
“They are moving step by step and deeper. But unfortunately, they are only getting rubble. Now we are waiting for reinforcements and hope to repulse those who are coming from all over,” Gaidai said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. Al Jazeera.
Gaidai also stressed that the fighting in Popasna will continue and Ukrainian troops from all elements will continue to fight.
Earlier, the Chechen leader, Kadyrov, claimed in a video posted on Telegram that his troops were engaged in fierce fighting. However, it is not clear how many Chechens were deployed or whether they were actually fighting.
“Chechen special forces have taken control of most of Popasna,” Kadyrov said in a Telegram post. Reuters.
“The main roads and several district centers in the city have been completely cleared,” he continued.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the report.
Chechen troops were indeed also deployed to help Russia launch its invasion of Ukraine. Kadyrov claimed tens of thousands of his troops were also deployed to assist Russian troops in Ukraine.