‘We can show you what we’re capable of in six seconds’: Putin’s Chechen warlord protégé Ramzan Kadyrov threatens to attack POLAND in retaliation for its support for Ukraine during invasion
Warsaw has been one of President Zelensky’s strongest allies throughout the three-month invasion by Russian forces.
Poland has acted as a gateway for thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing to the west, and it has also stood up to Russia in the European Parliament by urging a ban on Russian gas and oil imports, The Telegraph reports.
But Poland has now been caught up in the Russian propaganda campaign which seeks to justify its onslaught of Ukraine.
In a video message on Monday, Kadyrov, 45 – who calls himself Putin’s ‘footsoldier’ – said: ‘Ukraine is a done deal. What I’m interested in is Poland.
Putin’s loyal ‘footsoldier’ Ramzan Kadyrov, 45, leader of the Chechen Republic, has threatened to attack Poland in a sinister online message
Kadryrov – accused of using medieval torture on his enemies in Chechnya – has been called ‘the son Putin never had’ for his devout loyalty to the Kremlin leader (pictured: Vladimir Putin)
‘What is Poland trying to achieve? Once Ukraine is done, we can show you what we’re capable of in six seconds if there is an order.’
As one of Putin’s most loyal acolytes, Kadyrov has frequently shared his criticisms of the West in bold statements on social media, particularly Instagram.
In his latest directive, he demanded an apology over an act of vandalism in Warsaw earlier this month. On the anniversary of the Allies’ victory of 1945, a Ukrainian activist threw red paint over Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev as he attempted to lay flowers at the Soviet military cemetery in the Polish capital.
Kadyrov had warned: ‘You better take away your weapons and your mercenaries and officially apologise to our ambassador.’
Kadyrov’s troops have been accused of war crimes in Ukraine and Kadyrov himself has been known to follow them on excursions, although he has denied taking part in any extrajudicial killings.
Chechen forces were known to be at the siege of Mariupol and were said to be among occupying forces who killed civilians in suburbs of Kyiv.
Footage which purported to show Kadyrov in Mariupol was later found to have been filmed in Russia.
Kadyrov has been repeatedly accused by the United States and European Union of human rights abuses, which he denies.
Tens of thousands of Russian troops are now heading to the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk – known collectively as the Donbas.
Kadyrov has demanded an apology after a Ukrainian activist threw red paint over Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev as he attempted to lay flowers at the Soviet military cemetery in the Polish capital earlier this month
The Kremlin is seeking a victory there to prevent losing face over its ‘special military operation’. According to Western officials, Russian commanders believe the Donbas represents their best chance of success.
They have retreated from other areas, including around Ukraine’s capital city Kyiv, to focus their efforts there. But Ukrainian forces are determined to push them back.
Russia is believed to be seeking a link between occupied Crimea and Moscow-backed separatist territories Donetsk and Lugansk in Donbas.
Moscow fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region in southern Russia, after the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.
But it has since poured huge sums of money into the region to rebuild it and given Kadyrov a large measure of autonomy.
Kadryrov – accused of using medieval torture on his enemies in Chechnya – has been called ‘the son Putin never had’ for his devout loyalty to the Kremlin leader.
The Chechen supremo was promoted to the rank of Lt-General in the Russian national guard in April. -For two days running, he claimed he had met and been briefed by Andrey Mordvichev, one of the senior commanders that the Ukrainians claimed to have killed earlier this month.
Kadyrov was seen introducing the boy to the Russian army general, saying: ‘Here is my Adam’.