The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, stated that there are 7,000 Chechen troops in Ukraine.
Chechen Republic chief Ramzan Kadyrov’s forces were likely ordered by the Russian military command to start offensive operations in Ukraine following the withdrawal of Bakhmuth’s Wagner Group forces, according to the Institute for the Study of Warfare. .
Kadyrov claimed that the Chechen forces received a new order and assumed responsibility for the front line of the Donetsk region. He added that the Chechen “Akhmat” forces moved to the direction of Mariinka, southwest of the city of Donetsk.
Kadyrov noted that the Russian military command ordered the Russian forces, Rosgvardia, and the Chechen “Akhmat” forces to start offensive actions along the front line also in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
Kadyrov claimed that there are 7,000 Chechen troops in Ukraine. The Institute for the Study of War says: if these claims are anywhere near accurate your forces will not be able to mount multiple successful offensive operations.
The supposed return of the Chechen forces to offensive operations would mean for Kadýrov’s fighters a hiatus of almost a year without participating in high-intensity combat operations.
Chechen forces have been largely operating in the rear after participating in the battles for Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk and Lisychansk.
The Institute for the Study of War says: the Kremlin may be trying to reintroduce the Kadyrovites as the main offensive force after the culmination of Wagner’s forces and their withdrawal from the fronts.
The Kremlin may also be trying to re-emphasize federal authority over Chechen forces.