Chechen leader Kadyrov calls for use of 'low-yield' nuclear weapons in Ukraine
01 Oct 2022
Gulf Today Report
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Saturday that Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
In a message on the Telegram app, Kadyrov wrote, "In my personal opinion, tougher measures should be taken, tantamount to declaring martial law in border areas and using low-yield nuclear weapons."
Kadyrov was speaking a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, including Donetsk, which includes Liman, and placed them under the Russian nuclear umbrella, saying: "Moscow will defend the territories it controlled with all its strength and means."
Other senior Putin allies, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, have indicated that Russia may need to resort to nuclear weapons, but Kadyrov's call has been the most urgent and outspoken.
The powerful ruler of the Chechnya region is a staunch supporter of the war in Ukraine, as Chechen forces formed part of the vanguard of the Russian army in Ukraine.