VLADIMIR Putin unleashed a deadly special force extermination team known as “hunters” as he launched another desperate attempt to take over Ukraine.
Each soldier is said to have been given a “deck of cards” with photos of his seniors Ukrainians officials and security personnel on them that Moscow wants to die. The Kremlin declared everyone on deck guilty of a “crime”.
Chechen special forces are pictured training in a Ukrainian forest as they participate in Islamic prayer ceremonies before their potential deployment to the front lines.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 44, on Thursday said he had been warned he was a “number one target” for Russian special forces in Kyiv who wanted him dead.
He also said his family was on a “murder list” issued by Moscow to high-ranking Ukrainian government officials.
Chechen detachments, known as “hunters”, are said to have been “ordered to kill” if they were unable to capture a list of Ukrainian politicians and officials.
They are believed to be from the Southern battalion of the Federal Guard Service, based in Chechnya.
On Thursday, Kadyrov met Viktor Zolotov, the head of the Federal National Guard Service and another Putin ally.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine goes slower than expected, there are fears it will rage Putin could unleash one of his deadliest weapons in an attempt to destroy Ukraine’s resolve.
Thermobaric weapons, dubbed the “father of all bombs”, are high-powered explosives that are among the most powerful weapons ever created, other than nuclear bombs.
They were developed by both the US and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and are said to cost around £12 million each.
Also known as vacuum bombs, they use the atmosphere as part of an explosion, creating a terrifying explosion that can vaporize bodies and crush internal organs.
A single thermobaric explosion can leave a crater up to 300 meters across and – if used in a dense urban environment – can kill hundreds.
They were previously used by the Russian military to devastating effect during the Second Chechen War from 1999 to 2000 when the region’s capital Grozny was flattened by explosions, each powerful enough to level a city block.
In September 2007, Russia detonated the largest thermobaric weapon ever built, creating an explosion equivalent to nearly 40 tons.
This weapon was also used by the US against the Taliban in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
If [Russia’s army] If they don’t meet their deadlines and goals, they will use violence indiscriminately
“My fear is that if [Russia’s army] If they don’t meet their timelines and goals, they will use violence indiscriminately.
“They do not adhere to the principles of necessity, proportionality and the rule of law as Western forces do.”
Russian special forces have reached the outskirts of Kyiv, while Russian heavy armor is about 50 km away.
Western officials have warned Russia could kill President Zelenskyy and his ministers if they capture the capital.
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In a somber speech from a bunker in Kyiv, Zelenskyy warned his men that Friday night will be “the hardest” for his country so far, as he puts it: “Ukraine’s fate is being decided right now.”
He added that tonight “enemies” Russia will “go all out” in a desperate attempt to capture the capital.
Zelenskyy warned Russia would attack Kyiv on Friday night in a “vile, cruel and inhumane” fashion.
“This night will be the hardest night. The enemy will go all out,” he said.
“We have to suffer. The night will be hard, but the sunset will come.”
He continued: “This night will be harder than the day. Many cities of our state are under attack: Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, our boys and girls in Donbas, southern cities, especially special attention to Kyiv.”
In a staunch statement, he said: “We cannot lose capital.”
Zelenskyy said his family – which includes his wife Oleana and two children Aleksandra, 17, and Kiril, nine – remain in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian armed forces have deployed to defend their country fiercely, and on Friday night it was claimed that they shot down a Russian jet.
The Ilyushin Il-76 – capable of carrying up to 150 troops – is believed to have been shot down near the city of Vasylkiv south of Kyiv.
About 10,000 ordinary citizens of Kyiv took up arms, while the Interior Ministry urged residents to make their own Molotov cocktails if Russian troops entered the city.
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