The transfer comes because the Kremlin makes an attempt to manage non-public armies combating on its behalf in Ukraine.
Russia’s defence ministry has signed a contract with the Akhmat group of Chechen special forces, a paramilitary group waging the Kremlin’s offensive close to the city of Mariinka within the Donetsk area of japanese Ukraine.
The announcement got here on Monday, a day after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chief of Russia’s Wagner group of personal mercenaries, refused to signal such a contract.
The offers are a part of a brand new Russian legislation aimed toward controlling non-public armies combating on Moscow’s behalf in Ukraine.
The order requires all “volunteer models” to signal contracts by July 1, bringing them underneath the management of the nation’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The Kremlin says volunteer fighters would obtain the identical advantages as common troops if they comply with the foundations of the defence contract.
“I believe it is a superb factor,” Akhmat commander Apty Alaudinov mentioned after the group’s chief Ramzan Kadyrov accepted the provide.
He added that his group has “ready and despatched tens of 1000’s of volunteers” to Ukraine prior to now 15 months.
Up to now, in line with a report by the Institute for the Research of Struggle (ISW), a Washington, DC-based suppose tank, Chechen fighters have operated in areas behind the entrance line following their involvement in bloody battles in Ukrainian cities, together with Mariupol, Severodonetsk and Lysychanak.
However after combating in Russia’s Belgorod intensified earlier this month, Kadyrov’s troops have seemingly been ordered to take a number one position within the combating in Ukraine, ISW mentioned.
Over the weekend, Prigozhin mentioned his models “won’t signal any contracts with Shoigu”.
“Shoigu can’t correctly management army formations,” Prigozhin mentioned in an audio message, revealed by his press service on Saturday.
The Wagner chief has repeatedly criticised Russia’s defence ministry, arguing that it doesn’t present sufficient help to his troops in Ukraine.
The Putin ally typically unleashes foul-mouthed video tirades, during which he vehemently scoffs at Moscow’s army management.
Kadyrov has avoided criticising the defence ministry.
Russia’s deputy chief of the final workers, Colonel Basic Alexei Kim, mentioned after signing the settlement with the Chechens that he hoped different volunteer models would observe swimsuit.