Thirty-five to 45 Chechens who were killed in Donetsk Oblast during the fighting have been brought home; according to Chechnya residents, many of them had previously served in special forces battalions.
The security structures of the Chechen Republic have refused to comment on this information, writes the newspaper Kavkhazskiy Utel.
One Chechnya resident said, “I have a relative working in the security services. He said that several dozen dead bodies were delivered home from Ukraine; these were our boys who fought on the side of the militia.”
“Most of those who were killed came from the Gudermeskiy, Shalinskiy and Urus-Martanivskiy districts. It is alleged that six dead bodies were delivered to one district and four to another. But this information is purposefully not being spread because of an order issued by our officials. The bodies are being buried in local cemeteries,” he noted.
Members of former Spetsnaz [Special Forces -Ed.] battalions and volunteers from other agencies took part in the fighting in Ukraine, says a resident of Shalinskiy district in Chechnya Apty.
“When they say that there are no Chechens over there… that’s an outright lie. In the last two weeks, several members of former Spetsnaz battalions Zakhid and Skhid, both of which answered to the GRU, have been sent over there. Supposedly there are also volunteers from other organizations,” he said.
“Nobody is talking about the deaths, but I definitely know that one of the dead men was from our district, from the village of Germenchuk; it appears that he was brought here yesterday from Donetsk. There are also corpses of men from of Urus-Martan, Gudermes, and other places.” added the local resident.
According to a source publication, many so-called ‘kadyrivtsi’ are now being dispatched to Ukraine. [Kadyrivtsi are followers of Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic and a former Chechen rebel. -Ed.]
“Mercenaries are going, and other men who are allegedly being sent there by the service; they’ve all been promised good money. On the whole, we are extremely negative about what is happening in eastern Ukraine because our people have twice witnessed all the horrors of war over the past 20 years,” said our source.
Chechen security structures claim that the staff of all subdivisions of Chechnya’s law enforcement bodies “are stationed at their places of permanent deployment and are not charged with any particular tasks beyond this region.”
“We do not have any soldiers in Ukraine. Perhaps there are a few volunteers, but they are in no way connected to the security structures of the Chechen Republic. As for data on the deaths of Chechen citizens in Donetsk, we do not have any reliable information on this point,” declared a Chechen officer.
Our informant, a former deputy of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (CRI) proclaimed by Dzhokhar Dudayev, spoke on condition of anonymity: “Using Chechens and members of other peoples of the North Caucasus in order to resolve various conflicts that threatened Russian interests was implemented as early as the early 90s. Suffice it to recall the events in Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia …”
Translated by Christine Chraibi, edited by Robin Rohrback
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda
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