kyiv denies capture: Kadyrov reports capture of Popasna town

kyiv denies taking it
Kadyrov reports the capture of the town of Popasna

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov claims on Telegram that his fighters have taken the town of Popasna in eastern Ukraine. kyiv, however, contradicts the representation. Chechen units would not fight, just loot and film.

According to the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, the city of Popasna in eastern Ukraine, in the Luhansk region, has fallen. “Chechen special forces fighters… took over most of Popasna,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram. The central districts have been cleaned up.

Ukraine, on the other hand, reports heavy fighting around the city continues. “Russian propagandists have happily reported that they have already taken the city, but that is not entirely true. This is the 117th ‘taking of Popasna’ that they have claimed this week alone,” a said on social networks an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Chechen troops would not fight, but loot and record videos. The reports could not be independently verified.

It is unclear what role Kadyrov and his fighters play in Ukraine. In the early days of the offensive, they were involved in combat operations at Hostomel airport in Kyiv, but apparently suffered heavy casualties there. According to Ukrainian counterintelligence information, several hundred Chechens were killed in the fighting around the Ukrainian capital, including high-ranking commander Magomed Tuschaev.

In Mariupol, the “Kadyrovtsy” are supposed to support the Russians in the siege of the Azovstal steelworks. However, kyiv suspects the units are now waging more of a media war than actually participating in combat operations.

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