As the fighting in Mariupol, the “City of Our Lady, as it is called, continues between Ukrainians and Russians, Islamist Chechens fighting alongside the Russians are taking pictures in the ruins of the city, shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
According to a video that the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov “uploaded” to his personal Telegram account, the Islamist fighters pose on the battlefield, while the ruins of Mariupol are behind them, holding flags and shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
It is notable that these events took place during the Holy Week for the Orthodox Christians, and despite the fact that UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutiérrez, has called for a cessation of hostilities for a four-day “humanitarian ceasefire” on the occasion of Orthodox Easter.
“Instead of celebrating a new life, this Easter coincides with a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine,” the UN Secretary-General stressed.
Russia’s response to the UN proposal was to send Islamist fighters to take over the “City of Our Lady” in Orthodox neighboring Ukraine.
Characteristically, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, Yaroslav Trofimov, commenting on this video, said “To the chants of Allahu Akbar, the city once founded by Greeks fleeing the Ottoman Empire was “liberated” of its inhabitants by Putin’s Chechen militias. What a twist of history”.
To the chants of Allahu Akbar, the city once founded by Greeks fleeing the Ottoman Empire was “liberated” of its inhabitants by Putin’s Chechen militias. What a twist of history. https://t.co/q4yBSgi5Dl
— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) April 21, 2022