GROZNY, February 13. /TASS/. Taking control of Odessa and Kharkov will ensure Russia’s security, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, said on Monday.
"Although some say that it will take a year, or two, or even three [to complete the special operation], I think that by the end of the year, we will have completed 100% of our task. I believe that the least we must do is take Odessa and Kharkov, which will go a long way in ensuring the security of our state," he said in an interview with the 60 Minutes program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.
According to Kadyrov, up to 200 trained soldiers are sent to the frontline from Chechnya every week. "We are fighting for peace, so that we are not killed, not shot at. All of us must work this way now. Every week, we send 200 soldiers. It is not easy. People are coming from all over Russia and we train them, <…> provide them with outfit and footwear, armor vests and helmets - we give them everything that is necessary," he added.