Kremlin ally posts video said to be from Hostomel and warns Ukrainians to surrender ‘or you will be finished’
Ramzan Kadyrov is accused by international NGOs of serious human rights violations in Chechnya. Photograph: Chingis Kondarov/Reuters
Agence France-Presse in Moscow
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, has said he is in Ukraine alongside invading Russian forces.
Kadyrov, who is accused by international NGOs of serious human rights violations in the tightly controlled Caucasus republic, posted a video on Telegram of himself in military uniform studying plans around a table in a room with soldiers.
He said in a message that the video had been shot at Hostomel, an airfield near Kyiv captured by Russian forces in the first days of their offensive. The claim could not be independently verified.
“The other day we were about 20km from you Kyiv Nazis and now we are even closer,” Kadyrov wrote. He called on Ukrainian forces to surrender “or you will be finished”.
“We will show you that Russian practice teaches warfare better than foreign theory and the recommendations of military advisers,” he added.
Kadyrov, who rules Russia’s Chechnya republic with an iron fist, is a former rebel turned Kremlin ally with a paramilitary force at his command.
At the start of the Russian offensive, images circulated on social networks showing a square in the Chechen capital, Grozny, filled with soldiers claimed to be on their way to Ukraine.