Kadyrov admits Chechen victims in Ukraine

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become at least the fifth head of a Russian region to admit victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that sent shock waves around the world.

The Russian Defense Ministry admitted for the first time on Sunday that there were “killed and wounded” soldiers among its troops in Ukraine without saying how many died there.

“Unfortunately, there are already losses among the natives of the Chechen Republic. Two died, six others suffered various injuries,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram on Tuesday.

On Monday, the governors of Russia’s Kalmykia, Kursk and Penza regions said at least one soldier from their respective regions had died in Ukraine.

The governor of the Russian North Caucasian republic, Dagestan, was the first regional leader to admit casualties among local troops.

Kadyrov echoed President Vladimir Putin’s characterization of Ukrainian forces as “Nazis” and the assertion that Russian forces are not targeting civilian targets after authorizing the so-called “special military operation”.

Ukrainian authorities on Sunday launched a website to help Russian families find soldiers who were killed or captured in action during Moscow’s invasion of the pro-Western country.

Russia’s human rights ombudsman said on Monday she had agreed with her Ukrainian colleague to help locate the missing and inspect the treatment of prisoners of war.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague said on Monday it was investigating after finding a “reasonable basis” to suspect war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula. in 2014.

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