Russia to ‘accelerate’ Ukraine campaign, Chechen leader says

Russian forces will dramatically step up their offensive in Ukraine following an unspecified change in tactics, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says said Friday as the invasion entered its 100th day.

Kadyrov said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu set out “new tasks to further improve tactics” on the battlefield when they met in Moscow on Thursday.

“The measures will significantly increase the effectiveness of offensive maneuvers, which will contribute to the faster conduct of special operations,” the head of the Russian North Caucasian Republic of Chechnya wrote on Telegram.

Kadyrov did not specify which changes were adopted.

The Ministry of Defense did not confirm his claims in its daily briefing.

Kadyrov is a staunch Kremlin ally who has consistently expressed strong support for President Vladimir Putin’s three-month invasion of Ukraine and has positioned himself as a practical commander Chechen paramilitaries deployed in Ukrainian trouble spots.

Russia shifted its focus to eastern Ukraine after being pushed back from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the first month of the invasion. The fiercest fighting is now concentrated around Severodonetsk, one of the last towns in the Lugansk region not to be under Russian control.

Kadyrov had opposed Russia’s withdrawal from northern regions of Ukraine, which left behind evidence of potential war crimes.

International NGOs accuse Kadyrov, a former rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, and his forces of serious human rights abuses in his tightly controlled region.

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