Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says he is sending his teenage sons to the Ukrainian front. According to Kadyrov, his sons aged 14, 15 and 16 will leave for the front “soon” to participate in the “special military operation”, as Russia calls the war in Ukraine.
According to Kadyrov, his sons trained for the army from an early age. I have always believed that the most important job of a father is to teach his children to protect the family, the people, and the country. It’s time for them to prove themselves in a real fight. This is their wish and I cannot help but welcome it.” With this message, Kadyrov posted a video clip showing the boys shooting from a shooting range.
The infamous warlord is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and is known for his brutal style of leadership. He is one of the most ardent supporters of the war and has a reputation for circumventing Russian laws without consequences.
After several Russian defeats, he repeatedly criticized the military leadership. Recently, he has spoken out even in favor of tougher measures, such as considering the use of lighter-type nuclear weapons. “Regional leaders have the right to express their opinions and assess the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, but “even in the most dramatic moments, emotions should not prevail.”
Putin announced a partial military mobilization nearly two weeks ago. This mobilization is very chaotic and many of the Russians who have been summoned are fleeing abroad to avoid having to join the fight.