Kadyrov: We took over the Ukrainian Pubasna

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov confirmed on Sunday that his soldiers have captured most of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bubasna, while Ukrainian officials said the battle for control of the city in the country is in course.

In mid-April, Russian forces launched a new offensive along Ukraine’s eastern side, which recently saw some intense attacks and bombings around Popasna in the Lugansk region.

“The Chechen special forces fighters have taken control of most of Popasna … The main streets and central districts of the city have been completely cleared,” Kadyrov, who often described himself as an “foot soldier” under the command of the Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

There were no immediate comments from Ukraine, but Oleksiy Aristovich, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Saturday that heavy fighting in the city was continuing.

On Saturday, Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, also said Ukrainian forces still have control of the region.

“The situation is very difficult, but it is under control,” he added in a post video on Telegram.

He added that the Chechen forces did not participate in the fighting, but were looting and recording video clips.

Kadyrov posted reports and videos on Telegram of Chechen soldiers allegedly participating in activities in Ukraine, but there has been no confirmation of how many have actually been posted and whether they are taking part in the fighting.