Putin ally expects Ukraine war to end soon: 'West will kneel'

Above, Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov is pictured at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on September 30, 2022. Kadyrov said the war in Ukraine will end this year with Russia coming out on top. (Mikhail Metzel/Getty Images)

According to reports, Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya, whose men are fighting for Moscow in Ukraine, has predicted that Russian forces will win the war before the end of the year.

Kadyrov, an ally of Vladimir Putin, has criticized Russian commanders and portions of the Kremlin's military action in Ukraine but has refrained from publicly criticizing the Russian president.

Nevertheless, after months of pessimistic estimates of Russia's military might, he predicted that Russia would win the war, which would conclude "by the end of the year." Then, he believed that European nations would "recognize the wrongness of their actions."

"The West will kneel, and as usual, European states will have to cooperate in all areas with the Russian Federation," he stated. "There will not be and must not be any other way," he continued.

Chechen minister Akhmed Dudayev made the remarks in an interview widely circulated on Telegram and covered by news sites such as Gazeta.ru.

Additionally, Kadyrov appeared to threaten Poland for its support of Kyiv. In a Monday post on his Telegram channel, he stated that Warsaw had spent its military resources and posed the question, "what if...Russia begins to denazify and demilitarize the next country?"

The Kremlin has asserted that one of the reasons for the war in Ukraine was to "denazify" the country, a claim that has been rejected worldwide.

Kadyrov added that the "fight against Satanism should continue throughout Europe, first of all on the territory of Poland."

Kadyrov and his commanders have often referred to the fight in Ukraine as a "holy war" against the "satanic" ideals of the West. This viewpoint is occasionally promoted on Russian state television.

Kadyrov stated that Russia may support an independence referendum in Silesia, an area of Poland that "has earned a special independent status."

Newsweek sought a reaction from the Polish foreign ministry.

Kadyrov has attempted to play a prominent role in the Ukraine war. In October, following the departure of Russian soldiers from Krasny Liman in the Donetsk oblast, Kadyrov referred to General Alexander Lapin, who was fired as commander of Russia's Central Military District, as "mediocre,"

After their leader, Chechen fighters fighting on the side of Moscow in Ukraine are known as "Kadyrovtsy" or "Kadyrovites."

However, human rights groups assert that many Chechen soldiers were enlisted against their choice and were accused of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, and torture before the war. Kadyrov named his 26-year-old nephew Khamzat Kadyrov as Chechnya's deputy prime minister earlier this month.

Publish : 2023-02-08 08:44:00

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