Chechnya's ruler Ramzan Kadyrov likes to threaten with pithy words. In a video, he now boasts that Ukraine is "a done deal." Now Poland interests him. He demands that Warsaw lay down its arms - and officially ask for forgiveness.
Chechnya's ruler Ramzan Kadyrov is targeting Poland. "Ukraine is a closed matter. I'm interested in Poland," Kadyrov said in a video. Chechnya's rulers have backed Russian President Vladimir Putin's war of aggression against Ukraine and have also sent fighters into the country.
"After Ukraine, when we're in command, we'll show you what we're capable of in six seconds," he continued to threaten Poland in the video. The Poles had better lay down their arms and withdraw mercenaries. "And officially asks for forgiveness for what you did to our ambassador," said Kadyrov.
On May 9, which the Russians celebrate as "Victory Day," the Russian ambassador in Poland was showered with red paint by demonstrators in Warsaw. Numerous Ukrainian and Polish demonstrators also greeted him when he visited a cemetery for Soviet soldiers with shouts such as "murderers" and "fascists".
Only recently Kadyrov admitted "mistakes" in Ukraine that had been made at the beginning of the "operation". "In the beginning there were mistakes, there were a few shortcomings, but now everything is going 100 percent according to plan," Kadyrov said at a political forum a week ago.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, there are thousands of fighters from the autonomous republic of Chechnya in Ukraine who are supposed to break down the Ukrainian resistance as auxiliary troops for Russia. According to an assessment from London, the Chechen forces would primarily be deployed around the embattled port city of Mariupol and in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.
They are likely to be made up of both volunteers and National Guard units otherwise used to protect ruler Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov is likely to be "personally" controlling the operation, while his cousin Adam Delimkhanov is serving as Chechen field commander in Mariupol.