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Putin faces Chechen civil war after rebels attack Kadyrov's militia in 'massive' shootout


Vladimir Putin is facing a serious Chechen crisis, after army refuseniks and Kadyrov loyalists engaged in a major armed confrontation over the weekend. The fighting has raised fears that the Islamic republic may be sliding back into civil war and bloody strife, that afflicted the country for a large part of the 1990s. The country, located in the Caucasus, is ruled by Putin’s close ally Ramzan Kadyrov.

The Chechen leader is renowned for his brutality and his regime has been accused of widespread human rights’ abuses.

He has been a staunch supporter of Putin’s war in Ukraine, and has sent thousands of his private militia, known as Kadyrovites, to help the Russian army.

However, many in Chechnya have little appetite to go and fight in Putin’s war and have sought to avoid the recently announced nationwide draft.

A group of ten Chechen refuseniks became involved in a “massive” shootout with members of Kadyrov’s militia, according to local reports.

The incident took place on Saturday in a forest in the vicinity of the village Samashki, located on the border of Chechnya and Ingushetia.

The draft dodgers opened fire on the Kadyrovites with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, before legging it.

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“We’re either friends, or we’ll send them off with a one way ticket.”

It comes as Kyiv endured another aerial bombardment by kamikaze drones on Monday, which killed at least one person.

Vitali Klitschko, the city’s mayor, said Russia had sent over 28 drones in the attack.

He added: “Thanks to our armed forces and air defence, most of the flying terrorists were shot down.

“A total of five explosions were heard in Kyiv.”



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