2022-11-30 11:20:00

Kadyrov and the head of Russian Buddhists criticizes the Pope's statements about the conflict in Ukraine

Moscow, November 30, Interfax - Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's internal republic of Chechnya, has responded to remarks made by Pope Francis, who said a few days ago that the cruelest troops during the Russian special operation in Ukraine are those who "are not of the Russian tradition," such as the Chechens and the Buryats.

On Wednesday, Kadyrov noted in his Telegram channel that "we do not start any battle without suggesting peace first." "And since the start of the special military operation, we have done it probably dozens of times. Ukrainian soldiers themselves who were in our captivity will tell you about the Chechens' treatment of captives - whether it is cruel or not," Kadyrov wrote.

There is not a single alcoholic or a drug addict among Chechen troops, but "every soldier is deeply religious, and every soldier knows that even during a war, one must not forget about honor, dignity and respect even for the enemy," Kadyrov said.

"And, generally speaking, how is it possible to define on the battlefield whether the adversary is cheerful, gloomy, sentimental or cruel? Moreover, how it is possible to determine by sight the ethnicity of a Russian serviceman within a mixed force, because our country is home to more than 190 ethnic groups? The head of the Vatican cannot answer this question of course. He has simply become a victim of the propaganda and insistence coming from foreign media," Kadyrov said.

The spiritual leader of Russian Buddhists, Pandito Hambo Lama Damba Ayusheyev, for his part, has also described Pope Francis's accusations as unjust.

"I think that European Roman Catholics do not understand that life in cold Siberia and in the Far East makes people more resilient, patient and resistant to various hardships. That is why our people are not cruel, but they simply have to once again defend their homeland from fascism with dignity, as our grandfathers and great-grandfathers did," Ayusheyev said on Telegram.

The spiritual center of the Russian Buddhist community is located in Buryatia.