Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov says he will challenge the Wagner mercenary group, and command his own private military company after he leaves office, according to Russian state media.
Kadyrov announced the move Sunday on Telegram, TASS reported.
“It can be said already now that Wagner has indisputably proved its effectiveness in military terms and has drawn a line under speculations about its expediency,” Kadyrov wrote. “No doubt, such professional units are necessary and needed. That is why I plan, when I finish my career in state service, to provide competition to our dear brother Yevgeny Prigozhin and set up a private military company.”
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Prigozhin runs the Wagner group that is fighting in Ukraine and elsewhere.
“I think I will succeed in it,” Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.
According to Kadyrov, Wagner PMC has achieved impressive results in the zone of the special military operation.
“Despite all the difficulties, Wagner attains its goals in any situation,” he said.
As Russia’s war on Ukraine lurches into a new, uncertain phase, Wagner has turned to the country’s sprawling prison network to replenish the units depleted by nearly a year of grinding conflict.