Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov has slammed Vladimir Putin for 'going soft' on his war targets in Ukraine.
The powerful regional leader – believed to be Russia's second-wealthiest politician – is getting increasingly exasperated by the Kremlin leader as he wants him to use overwhelming firepower to take control of Ukraine’s major cities.
Kadyrov, who is seen as part of a military and security bloc, believes the Russian forces have been fighting with their hands tied, resulting in repeated humiliations.
The general in the Russian national guard as well as head of oil-rich Chechnya said in a video message to Moscow: "We need to start the second stage and enter other cities – Kharkiv, Kyiv, Kherson, all cities, entirely, and install governance.
“And then continue dialogue with other countries who want to have relations with us. If they want sanctions, we’ll fight against sanctions, if they want war – we’ll fight…
“As a warrior, I ask the leadership of the state to take this decision….the sooner the better.”
He made clear this was the demand of Putin’s commanders on Ukrainian territory as he added: "We are ready to execute any task you give us, anywhere in the world, without question.
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“Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], we are waiting for the order. Comrade Supreme Commander, your footmen are 100% ready.”
The father of 12 has become known for his 'brute force' as he has been accused of extrajudicial killings abroad.
His first criticisms of Putin's approach to war came a month ago needling Putin over failing to storm Kyiv and other senior figures in the military and secret services are said to believe him.
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The news comes after US officials claimed Russia had failed to meet their goals in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Both Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the fact they were able to go to Ukraine's capital in March was proof of its tenacity in forcing Moscow to abandon an assault on Kyiv.
Blinken hailed Ukraine's success "in pushing back this horrific Russian aggression."
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Austin added: "We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine."
Tragically, the latest figures show the civilian death toll in Ukraine related to Russia’s invasion surpassed 3,000 Monday, May 2, the United Nations revealed.
However, it is likely “considerably higher” due to the difficulty in confirming reports from heavily occupied regions.
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