Putin Ally Kadyrov is Sending His Teenage Sons, One Just 14, to Front Line

The Chechnya Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov has taken to Russian social media to announce that all three of his three teenage sons will eventually be joining the fight in Ukraine.

Posting to VK, a Russian social media platform, on Monday morning, Kadyrov said his 14-year-old-son Adam, 15-year-old Eli and 16-year-old Akhmat would join the front lines.

It is not entirely clear whether Kadyrov is referring to the ongoing conflict or a future one. In addition, he does not specify how soon they will be engaged in any conflict.

He praised them for the military training they already possess while attaching a video of the three teenagers firing weapons, using tanks and conducting drills.

"Minor age should not interfere with the training of the defenders of our motherland," Kadyrov wrote in the post, according to a Google translation.

"The grandchildren of the First President of the Chechen Republic, hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov (his father), Akhmat, Eli and Adam are 16, 15 and 15 years old respectively.

"But their military training began a long time ago, almost from an early age, it's not enough just to know how to shoot.

"On the basis of the RUS, they are taught how to handle various weapons, how to use them at any distance, and the theoretical foundations.

"I always believed that the main goal of any father is to instill piety in his sons and teach them to protect the family, the people, the Fatherland.

"If you want peace, prepare for war! Akhmat, Eli and Adam are ready to use their skills in the NWO zone. I'm not kidding.

"It's time to show themselves in a real fight, and this is their desire, I only welcome [it].

"Soon they will go to the front line and will be on the most difficult sections of the line of contact."

Kadyrov then specifically addressed his critics who have said that his family are not being called to war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and those close to him have also faced criticism for their family allegedly not being conscripted to fight on the front lines since the beginning of the conflict, as well as after Putin's recent speech about further mobilization.

"I appeal to the idle talkers who claimed that my relatives do not take part in the SVO (Special Military operation): in the near future, you will have the opportunity to take positions with the guys and personally see that Akhmat is POWER!

"Show on the spot your spirit, your ideology and what you are like in general.

"Prove that you are at least a little bit of a man. I am also addressing you, the couch Chechen-speaking 'warriors' who criticize us and sit in front of computers in Europe.

"Come on, move to Ukraine, convince us that you don't wear skirts and don't hide behind them.

"We are convinced that even underage children will be able to crush you to smithereens because you have neither spirit, nor honor, nor dignity. Wait.

Since the early days of the war, Kadyrov has been repeatedly accused of lying about his actions regarding Ukraine.

European publication Visegrad24 pointed this out in a March 29 Facebook post.

"Ramzan Kadyrov keeps lying about being Ukraine to be close to his soldiers.

"He claimed he was near Kyiv a few days ago and that he is in Mariupol now.
"He posted a picture of himself today, praying at Rosneft gas station. He forgot that there are no Rosneft stations in UA."

Kadyrov has also recently called for further escalation of the war against Ukraine.

Over the weekend he called for Putin to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine following Lyman being recaptured by the Ukrainian military.

Kadyrov, who has long supported the invasion, said the Russian leader should conduct a strike using "low-yield nuclear weapons" on Ukraine following the loss.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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Chechen Republic Head Ramzan Kadyrov attends a reception marking National Unity Day on November 4, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. In a post on social media, Kadyrov said his teenage sons will be joining the frontlines. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty