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Chechen chief Kadyrov says Russia will make no concessions in Ukraine

Kadyrov, who rose to power in the mainly Muslim southern Russian region of Chechnya in the wake of two brutal wars after the Soviet Union’s collapse, has often described himself as Putin’s “foot soldier”. Moscow has poured in huge sums of money to rebuild the region under him. Though he wields outsize power and is one of the country’s most influential regional chiefs, his statements contradicting Medinsky by name were highly unusual on such a sensitive subject as the war.

“This is of course a serious problem for Putin,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst, on Telegram.

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