Chechen Leader Kadyrov Says Special Forces Destroying Ukrainian Forces in Luhansk

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said that his special forces are successfully destroying Ukrainian forces in the pro-Russian breakaway Luhansk People's Republic.

Footage obtained from Kadyrov purports to show Chechen special forces carrying out operations in eastern Ukraine, blowing up a rural building and killing Ukrainian troops in the so-called pro-Russia Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), in eastern Ukraine.

Kadyrov said in a statement obtained on Monday evening: "The offensive tactics of the Chechen special forces to liberate the Luhansk People's Republic are improving every day. The guys demonstrate stable success in destroying the armed nationalist formations, not even allowing them to regroup."

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Chechen special forces form offensive tactics in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. @RKadyrov_95/Zenger

"Trying to get away from the inevitable punishment, the Nazis and Banderites run from house to house, trying to hide behind civilians. Apparently, they do not know that our fighters took all the residents out of the special operation zone in advance. As soon as the enemy enters the next house, my dear BROTHER, commander Musa Akhmatov, together with his subordinates, immediately covers them with a shell.

Banderites were a group of Ukrainian fascist nationalists led by Stepan Bandera, who aligned themselves with Nazi Germany during World War II and conducted ethnic cleansings of Jews and Poles during that period.

"I have repeatedly said and I will repeat again to the Ukrainian-Nazi henchmen: no matter how much you run and no matter what you do, you will not win this confrontation. We will overtake everyone and call them to account. By continuing to resist, you only bring your end closer."

The LPR also issued a statement attributed to an LPR militia captain named as I. M. Filiponenko, saying on Tuesday: "Over the course of clashes with units of the defense department, over the past day, the enemy suffered losses in manpower and military equipment, namely: 25 personnel; 4 armored personnel carriers; 7 vehicles; and 6 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made the right decision and laid down their arms, thereby saving their lives."

The statement also said: "The People's Militia of the LPR calls on Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms, for this purpose, the artillery units of the defense department continue to cover the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with propaganda leaflets.

"The enemy continues to terrorize the civilian population of the Republic, shelling the civilian infrastructure of the front-line settlements of the LPR, which do not pose a danger to the enemy and are not military facilities."

The LPR also claimed that "over the past day, the armed formations of Ukraine fired two missiles from the Tochka-U tactical missile system at the settlements of Stakhanov and Zimogorie."

Zenger News not been able to independently verify the images or the claims.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Tuesday marks the 118th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 21, Russia had lost about 34,100 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch rocket systems, 98 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 59 units of special equipment.

Russia recently conducted an anti-ship missile exercise in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.