Chechen fighters have lost hundreds of troops and were evacuated from Kyiv region to Belarus and then flew back to Chechnya, according to the Ukraine intelligence service.
The Ukraine Security Service (SBU) said the Chechen Kadyrovites were evacuated after they suffered a high amount killed in action during the first three weeks of the war.
Ramzan Kadyrov who is the Chechen chief lost a commander of the 141st Motorized Regiment of the Chechen Rosguard, General Magomed Tushayev.
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On 26 to 28 February “several hundred” Chechen fighters were killed as they attempted to land at Gostmel airport, the SBU said.
A large convoy of Chechen fighters were seen in Bucha, north of Kyiv, which was blown up during an airstrike which left a line of blown up vehicles.
Ramzan Kadyrov, President of Chechnya admitted that he has suffered losses and wrote on Telegram on 28 February, “Unfortunately, there are casualties among the natives of the Chechen Republic.
“Two died and six others were injured.”
The SBU said on 13 March hundreds of Kadyrovites were evacuated from the Kyiv region to Belarus, however during the airlift Kadyrov said he will sending in thousands more to Ukraine.
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Despite the claims that all Chechen rebels have fled over the weekend video footage posted on Telegram by Kadyrov showed his fighters were in a fierce fire fight.
On Saturday Chechen Special Forces were fighting “house to house” in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Vladimir Putin’s close ally, warlord Ramazan Kadyrov posted a video on Telegram which shows footage of heavily armed Chechen rebels opening fire on a block of flats with what looks like Ukrainian forces returning fire.