Prolonged concern with regards to the well being of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, sheds light on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s reliance on Kadyrov for stability in the area, as reported by the Institute for the Study of War on September 17. The Ukrainian Primary Intelligence Directorate (GUR) allegedly confirmed on September 15 that Kadyrov was in a coma, sparking speculation about his nicely-getting. Having said that, Kadyrov denied these rumors in a video posted on September 17. The ISW notes that the destabilization of Kadyrov’s rule in Chechnya would significantly influence Putin’s regime, offered the vital function Chechnya played in establishing stability in Russia throughout the early days of Putin’s rule. Russian officials, which includes Kadyrov himself, may possibly worry that ongoing speculation about his well being will undermine extended-term stability in Chechnya.
In addition, the ISW points out the liberation of Klishchiivka, situated south of Bakhmut, by Ukrainian forces. Analysts at the ISW highlight that Ukrainian manage of Klishchiivka is a tactical victory with strategic significance, as it enables Ukrainian forces to engage a substantial portion of the Russian airborne (VDV) units in the Bakhmut location. According to Ukrainian military spokesperson Illia Yevlash, the liberation of Klishchiivka will outcome in Russian forces losing manage of the southern flank of Bakhmut, enabling the Ukrainian military to advance additional and execute extra precise and substantial attacks employing several artillery systems, drones, and accessible weapons. Yevlash states that the key objective for Ukrainian forces is to seize manage of logistical routes, especially the railway, by way of which the Russians provide ammunition to the occupied city of Bakhmut.
Previously occupied by Russian forces in January, Klishchiivka, which had a population of roughly 500 residents, is situated just 5 kilometers south of Russian-occupied Bakhmut. The productive recapture of the village was very first announced on Facebook on September 17 by the Liut (“Anger”) Brigade, comprised of Ukrainian police and beneath the command of the National Guard. The liberation of Klishchiivka establishes a strong foundation for future offensives by the Ukrainian military.
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