MELBOURNE/WINNIPEG (REUTERS) – Ramzan Kadyrov, the highly effective head of Russia’s republic of Chechnya, mentioned early on Monday (April 11) that there will be an offensive by Russian forces not solely on the besieged port of Mariupol, but additionally on Kyiv and different Ukrainian cities.
“There will be an offensive… not only on Mariupol, but also on other places, cities and villages,” Kadyrov mentioned in a video posted on his Telegram channel.
“Luhansk and Donetsk – we will fully liberate in the first place… and then take Kyiv and all other cities.” Kadyrov, who has usually described himself as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “foot soldier”, mentioned there must be little question about Kyiv.
“I assure you: not one step will be taken back,” Kadyrov mentioned.
Kadyrov has been repeatedly accused by the United States and European Union of rights abuses, which he denies.
Moscow fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, a primarily Muslim area in southern Russia, after the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.
But it has since poured enormous sums of cash into the area to rebuild it and given Kadyrov a big measure of autonomy.
The Kremlin describes its actions in Ukraine as a “special operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour and on Sunday Russia intensified its assaults in japanese Ukraine.