Head of the Chechen republic Ramzan Kadyrov has denied reports by Ukrainian and Western media outlets alleging that military units from Chechnya are taking part in the conflict in the Donetsk region.
"Ukrainian sources are spreading reports that some 'Chechen units' from Russia have broken into Donetsk. I am declaring officially that this does not correspond to the facts. 'Chechen servicemen,' not to mention 'military convoys from Chechnya', are not taking part in the conflict," Kadyrov said on Instagram.
"Chechnya is an entity within Russia, and, in line with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, it does not have armed forces," he said.
"However, if someone saw a Chechen in the conflict area, this is their personal business. There are 3 million Chechens, and two thirds of them live outside the Chechen republic, including in the West. We cannot and are not supposed to know who among them goes where, just as Kyiv didn't know who of Ukrainians went to Grozny to fight," Kadyrov said.
However, if the Ukrainian authorities do want to see 'Chechen units' in Donetsk, "why go to Donetsk while there is a good road to Kyiv?" Kadyrov said.
"As a matter of fact, we presume that Ukraine will ultimately become, as it was before, a country friendly to Russia, and the people of Ukraine are brotherly to us. We really want peace to settle in this country. Foreign policy is within the Russian president's and the Foreign Ministry's jurisdiction, and they are making all possible efforts so that order and stability return to a brotherly Ukraine," Kadyrov said.
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