Ramzan Kadyrov pledged to discuss Russia’s strategy with senior military and political leaders
The head of the Chechen Republic of Russia, Ramzan Kadyrov, spoke about the rapid withdrawal of the country’s troops from parts of Ukraine’s Kharkov region. Kadyrov pledged to discuss the situation with senior military and political leaders if there were no changes in Russian strategy in the ongoing conflict.
Over the past few days, the Russian army has withdrawn from several places in the region following a massive offensive launched by kyiv. The army made some “errors”, Kadyrov said, expressing the hope that “they will draw the necessary conclusions.”
“The Ministry of Defense clarified the situation, because of which they left the cities of Izyum, Kupyansk, Balakleya in the Kharkov region. It was a forced measure due to a military strategy in order to [avoid] loss of life,” Kadyrov said in a voicemail, posted overnight on his Telegram channel.
The Chechen leader then promised to “recover all these cities”, cryptically adding that “our people, guys specifically trained for such work, are already there.” He added that “In the near future, we will reach [southwestern port city] Odessa and you will see real results.
At the same time, he demanded that changes be made to the Russian “strategy” in the current operation. “If today or tomorrow no change in strategy is made, I will be forced to speak with the leaders of the Ministry of Defense and the leaders of the country to explain to them the real situation on the ground. It is a very interesting. It’s amazing, I would say” Kadyrov said.
The withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kharkov region was hailed by Ukrainian leaders as a major success for the country. “To date, within the framework of active operations since the beginning of September, approximately 2,000 [square] kilometers of our territory have already been liberated”, President Zelensky said in a video address Saturday night.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.