Chechen President Kadyrov says Russian forces will seize Kyiv

Chechen President Kadyrov says Russian forces will seize Kyiv

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, said early on Monday that Russian forces would launch an attack on the besieged port of Mariupol and Kyiv, and other Ukrainian cities.

"There will be an attack on Mariupol and other places, cities, and villages," Kadyrov said in a video posted on his Telegram channel.

Kadyrov, who has often described himself as a "foot soldier" to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Kyiv should have no doubt.

"I assure you: not a single step will be taken," Kadyrov said.

The United States and the European Union have repeatedly accused Kadyrov of human rights violations, which he denies.

Moscow had two wars with separatists in Chechnya, a Muslim-majority region in southern Russia, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But it has since pumped vast sums of money into the area to rebuild it and granted Kadyrov a great deal of autonomy.

The Kremlin describes the actions in Ukraine as a "special operation" to disarm and "discredit" its neighbor, and Russia stepped up its attacks in eastern Ukraine on Sunday.

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