Rosgvardia troops brought to Ukrainian south to oversee conscripts, says Melitopol mayor
The new group of kadyrovtsy went to the occupied part of Zaporozhye region (Photo:zp.vgorode.ua)
Russia has sent a new batch of Rosgvardia troops from Chechnya to the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhya Oblast, the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov said on national television on Dec. 21 and on his Telegram channel.
He said the Russian Guardsmen have occupied checkpoints from Melitopol to Vasylivka.
According to Fedorov, the Kadyrovites (so called because of their loyalty to Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov) behave aggressively on the roads and threaten civilians.
"But if earlier these ‘TikTok warriors’ mainly looted businesses and intimidated the local population, now they have another important task: to control the mobilized (soldiers), who are completely maladaptive, unpredictable and may run away at any moment," Fedorov said.
Kadyrovites are commonly referred to derisively in Ukraine as “TikTok warriors” for their penchant to video themselves in non-combat situations while pretending to be in actual combat, and publishing the footage on the video blogging site TikTok.
Fedorov noted that the Russian forces in the occupied part of Zaporizhzhya Oblast feel quite uncomfortable, as "’cotton’ is blooming even in the deep rear."
The Ukrainian word for “cotton” is a euphemism in Ukraine for “an explosion or blast” used because the Russian word for cotton also sounds similar to the word for an explosion.
At the same time, Fedorov stressed that there was no sign of a voluntary retreat of the invading troops from Melitopol. The city will be liberated only thanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Resistance Forces, he said.
On Dec. 19, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the number of Russian troops had increased in the settlements of Melitopol district.
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