Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 07

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Chechen soldiers from the Sheikh Mansur battalion have come to Ukraine to fight against pro-Russian separatists alongside Ukrainian forces. They said that Putin is their enemy and that he destroyed their Motherland. As their relatives are still in Chechnya, they hid their faces and asked not to be named.


  1. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 00-05-00.23 : We came to fight against Russia. It took everything from us. Our homeland was taken, so much life, so many relatives.
  2. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 00.35-00.45 : If we meet Chechens on the other side, we will have no doubts whether or not we should shoot. We will shoot.
  3. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 01.20-01.35 : Everything began as a war against Russia, but now we are fighting with each other. I don’t know what Russia did with them.
  4. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 01.50 -02.07 : We were taught to fight from childhood. We didn’t have a childhood.
  5. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 02.10 –02.25 : Separatists are staying maybe 400 metres from here.