Ramzan Kadyrov fires machine gun in propaganda video
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Ramzan Kadyrov shared a bizarre video this week that many viewers have mockingly compared to North Korean propaganda. The Russian propaganda video shows the Chechen warlord shooting a Kalashnikov into the sky and clumsily running alongside military SUVs. The short thirty-second clip is interspersed with slow-motion black-and-white shots of Mr Kadyrov in full battle fatigues.
The notoriously brutal warlord can also be seen splashing through large puddles of water while the military vehicles drive around him in circles.
The occupants of the vehicles hang out of the window and also fire into the air.
It was immediately compared to videos released by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, as well as 1980s action montages.
Harold Chambers, a North Caucasus analyst, summed up many viewers’ feelings as he tweeted: “Words fail me… Positively absurd propaganda video from Kadyrov.”
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The post was shared on the Chechen leader’s Telegram account, alongside a poem that calls for Russia to take back a part of Switzerland captured by the Imperial Russian army in 1799.
The Chechen leader is a strong proponent of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
In October, President Putin rewarded the macho leader by promoting him from lieutenant general to the rank of colonel general in the Russian military.
He has made headlines for his bombastic rhetoric when it comes to the war in Ukraine, including demands to use low-yield nuclear weapons in the war.
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He has also publicly urged President Putin to declare martial law in Russia and a full military mobilisation.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is today reeling from the latest barrage of Russian missile strikes on its cities.
Ukraine said that its air defence shot down 60 of the 76 missiles fired last night,
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However, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, is without power, heating and water after the strikes.
The region’s mayor Ihor Terekhov said the attacks had caused “colossal” damage to infrastructure.
Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister, warned that today’s strikes were “unlikely to be the last ones”.
He told the BBC: “This has been the strategy over the last two months. Facing defeats on the battlefield, they need to compensate for it.
“They’re trying to create conditions to force Ukraine to negotiate. This will not happen. This is not going to work.”
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