Feared Chechen warlord took teenage son to Russia’s bloody assault on Mariupol

Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline Chechen leader who has joined Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion force, took his teenage son Adam with him to join the siege of Mariupol.

The 14-year-old – one of Kadyrov’s 12 children – has been spotted accompanying his dad as he tours the front line of Russia’s assault on the strategically important Back Sea port.

Kadyrov said he wanted his boy “to learn first hand about the successes and needs of our comrades-in-arms”, and also made clear he disagrees with Russian moves to lessen the military pressure on Kyiv, instating vowing to lead an invasion of the capital.

In one propaganda clip, the child dressed in military fatigues is shown with his father visiting the hospital bedside Kadryrov’s henchman Ruslan Geremeyev.

Geremeyev is one of the suspects in the murder of Russian liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister leading opponent of the Putin régime, who was gunned down close to the Kremlin in 2015.

Even the Russian FSB – once headed by Putin – has been unable to locate and quiz Geremeyev over the political assassination, say reports.

Geremeyev has sustained relatively minor injuries in fighting Ukrainian defenders, according to Chechen TV although it’s unclear how Geremeyev was wounded.

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Earlier Kadyrov had posted: "The most difficult section in Mariupol was assigned to him, and the commander coped with the task brilliantly.

“In the same way, he always showed himself during the Chechen campaign in battles with shaitans [devils] – he was the first to ask for battle and perform the most difficult task.

“This time too he justified his name as an experienced and fearless commander.”

Kadryrov – accused of using “medieval” torture on his enemies in Chechnya – has been called “the son Putin never had” for his devout loyalty to the Kremlin leader.

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The Chechen supremo – this week promoted to the rank of Lt-General in the Russian national guard – for the second day claimed that he had met and been briefed by Andrey Mordvichev, one of the senior commanders that the Ukrainians claimed to have killed earlier this month.

Kadyrov was seen introducing the boy to the Russian army general, saying: "Here is my Adam”.

Mordvichev replies: "Hi, well done!"

Kadyrov tells him: "Adam is 13.” – however official records put Adam’s age at 14.

Adam was earlier at the centre of controversy over his expensive watch collection – including a Richard Mille original reported to cost more than £263,000.

“I met with the commander of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army, Lieutenant General of the Russian Armed Forces Andrey Mordvichev,” said Kadyrov.

“ [Mordvichev] reported on the significant successes of the fighters in critical areas and mentioned the approximate dates for the capture of Mariupol by the Russian army.”

As well as his son Adam, Kadyrov has several other family members in his entourage as he tours the battlefield outside Mariupol. Several of them are ministers in his government in the oil rich region in the TransCaucasus.

"A special military operation in Mariupol to cleanse the city of Bandera [Ukrainian nationalists], Nazis and rabid shaitans without family or tribe is proceeding in accordance with the developed plan,” Kadyrov said.

He vowed to fully bring Mariupol to heel before seeking to grab the Ukrainian capital.

“We will honourably carry out the order of our Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Russian President Vladimir Putin,” he said.

Kadyrov added: “He entrusted us with one of the most important and difficult areas, and we will justify his trust 100 percent.

“Very soon we will complete the assigned tasks in Mariupol and report to the President of the Russian Federation on our readiness to take Kyiv.”

In Chechnya, Kadyrov, 45, has been accused of brutal human rights abuses and torture against his political opponents and gay activists.

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