Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is pulling out all the stops in order to take control of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, but, thus far, nothing seems to be working.
The incursion, which many experts predicted would last less than 72 hours, has now stretched into its 6th day, with Putin’s once-feared military appearing rather incompetent, scared, and confused. Captured Russian soldiers have told their Ukrainian hosts that they had very few supplies, that they had no idea where they were supposed to be going, and that they had been hoodwinked by the Kremlin after being sent to Belarus for “training”.
The indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian defenders has provided Russia with a massive number of fallen troops to somehow recover, and the POW’s are stacking up as well.
Even some of Putin’s most-feared goons are failing to achieve much of anything in Ukraine, including the Chechens.
The Chechens are part of a Russian national guard unit and are well known for fighting insurgencies, using brutal tactics that even jolted Russia during its two brutal wars in the ’90s against them. The Chechens have been employed to hunt down terrorists in Syria and used by Russia to fight elsewhere, including in Georgia. They also fought the Ukrainians in Donbas when hostilities began there in 2014.
But these formerly-fearsome fighters are having a great deal of trouble in Ukraine.
The Chechen Republic is a predominantly Muslim region in the Caucuses, and while it’s still part of Russia, it has been granted a lot of autonomy by Putin, who is close to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov announced this weekend that his troops were in Ukraine.Advertisement - story continues below
Reports on their number varied from 7,000 to tens of thousands. Kadyrov said he supported Putin’s decision to invade and that his troops, “will carry out his orders under any circumstances,” Reuters reported. He also claimed none of his troops have died or suffered injuries, according to Reuters.
Yet, unconfirmed reports coming out of Kyiv claimed Ukrainian forces had taken out some 56 Chechen tanks and killed one of its high-ranking commanders on the way to the capital. While the Chechen leader denied his commander’s death, if true, observers said, even this early on in the campaign it could be a problem for Putin, given the massive fight of resistance being put on by Ukrainian military forces against the Russian aggressor.
The consistent failures by Putin and his cronies in the region have fomented a great deal of childish petulance from the Russian dictator, and fears that he could soon resort to using a nuclear weapon to reset the figurative game-pieces in his favor.