Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Saturday his troops are heading off to support the Kremlin against the armed uprising by the Wagner Group.
“Fighters from the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard of the Chechen Republic have already left for the tense areas.
We will do everything to preserve Russia’s unity and protect its statehood,” Kadyrov posted on Telegram.
Earlier on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation, where he spoke of an armed “mutiny” and announced that he would punish those who rebel.
“I support every word of Vladimir Putin,” Kadyrov said.
Chechen fighters are currently deployed with the Russian military in the war against Ukraine and, until recently, were fighting alongside Wagner mercenaries