Chechen and Tatar Muslims take up arms to fight for Ukraine | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW

The number of these fighters deployed to Ukraine is unknown, but their reputation for brutality and ruthlessness in enforcing domestic rule is well-known, and their presence has raised memories of grisly urban combat and guerilla fighting from the Chechen wars in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, known as one of the most loyal allies of President Vladimir Putin, announced on his Telegram channels that his men would be fighting in the “hottest hotspots in Ukraine.”

However, some military analysts have cast doubt on whether his braggadocio on social media has accurately reflected his troops’ performance on the battlefield. 

Ramzan Kadyrov among soldiers

Many believe the Kremlin has sent the Chechen’s ruthless warlord (center) and his troops to Ukraine

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