The leader of Russia’s Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, this Saturday (October 1, 2022) called on the Russian army to use “low-power nuclear weapons” in Ukraine, where Moscow’s troops are struggling in some areas.
“In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to and including the imposition of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-power nuclear weapons,” he said in a message on Telegram.
The statements come on the same day that Russian troops left the illegally annexed city of Liman in the Donetsk region.
Kadyrov, who was in Moscow on Friday to formalize the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories to Russia and rules his Caucasian republic with an iron fist, also questioned the chain of command in the Russian military.
“Military nepotism is not conducive to good,” he said. “Nepotism has no place in the military, especially in difficult times,” he said.
In his message, the Chechen leader also accused Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, commander of the Russian forces fighting in Liman, of “mediocrity” and suggested he should be demoted and stripped of his medals.