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Putin Ally Creating Four New Battalions to Bolster Russia’s Military

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader and key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is forming four new military battalions “with an impressive number of personnel” to help replenish Russia’s troops during the ongoing war with Ukraine.

Kadyrov said in a Telegram post Sunday that the four battalions, titled “North-Akhmat,” “South-Akhmat,” “West-Akhmat” and “Vostok-Akhmat,” would be created “very soon” in the Chechen Republic.

“The military contingent will include only Chechen guys,” Kadyrov said in the post, according to an English translation. “They will replenish the composition of the troops of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.”

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