Chechen Fighters in Ukraine 08

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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: 00.00-00.16 : We should not give them a single piece of land. We should take our lands back, all the way to the border with Russia. Because it is all belongs to us.
  2. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 00.22- 00.35 : When the war was going on in our Motherland, they didn’t give us back our land, the land for which we have fought for 400 years (he means Chechnya). But at the same time, they want to take Ukrainian territory (laughing). No, it is not fair.
  3. soundbite (Russian)
    Chechen fighter: 00.36 –1.05 : You shouldn’t trust to anything Russia says. They are holding negotiations only for their profit. They didn’t follow the Minsk agreements. We are standing for peace, of course. We want to stop shooting. We don’t have heavy weapons, but against us, they use tanks, rockets, everything...