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Chechen Leader Kadyrov Says His Forces Ready to Help Put Down Wagner’s Mutiny

On Saturday, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, declared that his army was prepared to employ harsh measures, if necessary, to quell a revolt led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group.

In a statement, Kadyrov called Prigozhin’s behaviour “a knife in the back” and called on Russian soldiers not to give in to any “provocations.”

He said that Chechen forces were advancing towards “zones of tension” and would act to “preserve Russia’s units and defend its statehood.”

Kadyrov, a close supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin in charge of sizable military troops in Chechnya, was formerly considered Prigozhin’s partner since he shared some of the Wagner boss’ critiques of the Russian military establishment.

However, in recent weeks, Kadyrov-aligned Chechen commanders condemned Prigozhin for his repeated outbursts at the defence ministry.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian military contractor Wagner Group claimed his forces had taken control of the Rostov-on-Don region, including the city’s airport. At the same time, President Putin called any unrest a “deadly threat” and warned of severe consequences.

Yevgeny Prigozhin accused Russia of treachery and lies, claiming that the Russian military command had killed 2,000 fighters. This further tensions between the Wagner Group Chief and the Russian Defense Minister.

According to a statement from the Russian defence ministry, Wagner’s claims are inaccurate, which also charged the military unit leader with inciting “armed rebellion and igniting civil war” in response to the accusations.