ISW: Kadyrov fears he's losing Putin's favor amid lack of combat success
. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov fears he is losing favor with Russian dictator Vladimir ra Putin, since today the participation of Chechen units in the war against Ukraine is minimal. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.
Kadyrov met with Putin on March 13 to discuss Chechnya's socio-economic achievements in 2022, and took the opportunity to praise the actions of Chechen fighters in Ukraine.
Analysts note that Kadyrov was visibly nervous during the meeting . Apparently, it was not easy for the Chechen leader to present Chechnya, himself and his troops to Putin in a positive and productive light. It should be noted that at the moment Chechen troops play a negligible role on the fronts in Ukraine – they carry out offensive operations near Belogorovka, Luhansk region, and also carry out police tasks in the occupied territories.
«Kadyrov may fear that he is losing Putin's favor because he has nothing to show in terms of Chechnya's combat achievements, and he probably hoped to improve and strengthen his reputation during this meeting,” experts say.
In turn, Putin probably hopes to put pressure on Kadyrov to increase the role of Chechen fighters in the fighting in Ukraine due to the ongoing losses of PMC «Wagner» and regular Russian troops.