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No Kadyrov forces near Bakhmut yet – National Guard of Ukraine officer

Monday, 10 July 2023, 13:19
No Kadyrov forces near Bakhmut yet – National Guard of Ukraine officer

Ukrainian troops have not yet seen any of the special forces of the Akhmat group, who were allegedly sent by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to the Bakhmut front so as to fight in Klishchiivka.

Source: Petro Kuzyk, commander of the Svoboda battalion of the 4th Operational Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine, on Radio Svoboda

Details: At the same time, the commander does not consider Kadyrovites to be a serious combat unit. "They are not something serious, because they are, in fact, Kadyrov's well-armed personal police, who may be ripped and well equipped, but they have no serious specialists," he said.


Quote from Kuzyk: "These may be newly formed units, but as a matter of fact, they do not know how to work together in a comprehensive manner with artillery, with a serious systematic approach."

Details: He recalled that Ukrainian units first encountered the Chechen fighters in Bakhmut, back in winter. The Russians had also tried to deploy them in battles in Rubizhne and Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast and near Horlivka in Donetsk Oblast.

He added that there have been cases before when even less Ukrainian units were "picked apart" by Kadyrovites in battle.

Background: Earlier, Kadyrov said that the Akhmat special forces had allegedly been redeployed to the Bakhmut front, and tge fighters were allegedly fighting in tge settlement of Klishchiivka. "The Akhmat special forces, led by Apta Alaudinov have been redeployed by the command of the special operation (as the Russians call the war against Ukraine – ed.) to the difficult Bakhmut front. This deployment demonstrates the confidence of the General Staff and the high combat capability of the unit," Kadyrov said.

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