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Who is Magomed Tushaev? Top Chechen general reportedly killed by Ukrainian forces

One of the captured Chechen fighters reportedly confirmed that General Magomed Tushaev was killed by the Ukrainian forces
UPDATED FEB 27, 2022
Magomed Tushaev was the right-hand man of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (Twitter/David Yankovich)
Magomed Tushaev was the right-hand man of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (Twitter/David Yankovich)

Barely a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin's notorious Chechen Kill Squad entered Ukraine, it is being reported that one of the top Chechen generals has been killed by Ukrainian forces. Local reports claim that Magomed Tushaev, a senior navy commander leading Chechen soldiers, was slain in combat at Antonov airport. Furthermore, Ukrainian Armed Forces declared that they have successfully eliminated a large regiment of the Chechen Special Forces

The Chechen Special Forces, formed under the leadership of Putin's ally Ramzan Kadyrov, is a secret force operational in the Chechnya region of Russia. Notorious for their brutalities, the Chechen Special Forces mostly comprise Jihadist fighters. As the fighters entered Ukraine a day before, insider reports revealed that each soldier in the battalion was given a "deck of cards" with photos of targetted Ukrainian officials on them. The deck mentions top Ukrainian government officials who are suspected of "crimes" by the Russian Investigative Committee. Many even feared that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his family were primary targets of the Chechen Squad. 


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Hours after their entry into the country, the Chechen fighters were reportedly met with strong resistance in the Gostomel area. Several Chechen fighters were eliminated while a few others were taken captive. One of the captured fighters reportedly confirmed that their General Magomed Tushaev had been killed.

An insider source in the Ministry of Defense told Interfax-Ukraine, "The National Guard of Ukraine and the Alpha special unit are now dealing with the rest of the unit with small arms already.”

Tushaev was the right-hand man of Ramzan Kadyrov, the present leader of the Chechen forces. He served as the commander of the 141st motorized regiment of the Chechen National Guard. Not many details are available yet about his death as the information is yet to be verified by foolproof sources. 

At present, the Chechen squad is believed to be stationed in the forests of Ukraine, waiting to unleash their brutal operations. In fact, they have been given a direct "order to kill" in case the targetted officials resist detainment. Putin has identified many top Ukrainian leaders as "Nazis" and previously shared his goal to "de-Nazify" the East European country. 

Photos and videos show the Jihadist fighters offering Namaz on the grounds of the forest as they gear up to go into battle. Meanwhile, Ramzan Kadyrov, 45, has visited his forces and also met Viktor Zolotov, Director of the Federal National Guard Service and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian National Guard Forces. Global leaders and security experts have expressed deep concerns at the news of Chechen "hunters" being deployed into the Ukraine war.