‘Mad dogs’: What are Chechen fighters doing in Ukraine?

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Euronews (English)

Chechens are spilling blood on both sides of the war in Ukraine. A handful of radical Islamists, veterans of the Syrian war, are fighting alongside Ukrainian troops; while Russia has used Chechens to discipline, and reportedly even execute dissenting soldiers, as well as intimidate civilians in Ukraine. But what are Chechens doing in Ukraine? Why are they there? And what effect are they having on — and off — the battlefield? Why are Chechen soldiers fighting for Russia in Ukraine?Chechnya is a restive part of southern Russia in the Caucus region. After the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, it…

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