Putin promotes Kadyrov to colonel general after he calls for using nuclear weapons in Ukraine
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has promoted to the rank of colonel general (the third in the hierarchy, similar to that of lieutenant colonel in other armies) the leader of Chechnya, Ramzán Kadírov, who a few days ago harshly criticized the Russian Army and called for the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. “The president has granted me the rank of colonel general. Vladimir Vladimirovich[patronímico de Putin] he told me personally and congratulated me on it,” Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.
Kadyrov, who has sent a large number of Chechens to fight in the military campaign in Ukraine, considered it “a great honor” to become a general of the Armed Forces. “I am enormously grateful to our commander in chief for highly appreciating my services. I promise that I will not disappoint the trust placed in me beforehand”, he pointed out.
Although the Russian Army has withdrawn in recent days from several towns in the annexed Donetsk and Kherson regions, Kadyrov has assured that “at this very moment” the Russian troops are recovering territories.
Kadyrov advocated last Saturday for “more radical measures” in Ukraine by Russia, including the use of “low-power nuclear weapons.” “In my point of view, more radical measures must be taken to the point of declaring martial law in the border territories and using low-power nuclear weapons,” said the leader of the North Caucasus republic.
The Chechen leader was highly critical of the withdrawal on Saturday of the Russian Army from the strategic city of Liman, in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk, and charged General Alexandr Lapin, commander of the central military district, who was in charge of the defense of that area of Donbas. Next, the Kremlin played down those statements and praised Kadyrov’s contribution in the “special military operation”, although he added that he prefers to be guided by “balanced and objective assessments”.
At the signing ceremony for the annexation of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, Putin warned on Friday that Moscow will use “all forces and means” at its disposal to defend its national territory, not to mention nuclear weapons.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, took advantage of his recent intervention in the UN General Assembly to accuse Putin of making “irresponsible threats about the use of nuclear weapons”. Along the same lines, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticized Putin’s “dangerous” nuclear rhetoric after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested entry into the Atlantic Alliance following the Russian annexation of four regions on Friday. ukrainians. (Eph)
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