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But a political and security analyst said Kadyrov’s own “reputation bubble” had burst, noting how much of a “gamble” the war in Ukraine had been. Kadyrov, an ally of Vladimir Putin, said he did not think the peace talks, currently underway in Turkey, would yield any progress. The warlord himself – accused of numerous human rights abuses and known for his brutal grip on Chechnya – has a lot to lose if Russia loses the war.

According to political and security analyst Harold Chambers, Kadyrov’s support for the invasion is a “gamble” as his support in the Kremlin “reaches no further than the president’s office.”

This is because, during Kadyrov’s reign, he was seen “in conflict with the security services and even in violation of federal policy”.

According to Chambers, Kadyrov’s rule in Chechnya was “marked by brutal and indiscriminate violence”, including “a campaign to rid the republic of the LGBTQ community” and “the mass kidnapping of relatives of critics”.

But he warned that “Kadyrov’s reputation bubble has burst”, saying: “Almost everyone, except the Chechen propaganda circus, has noted that his troops were not involved in the fighting, but still suffered significant casualties.

“This is likely to embolden his opponents among Russia’s political elite, who may not be too afraid of him, making escalating confrontation possible.”

Writing in UnHerd magazine, Chambers concluded: “When the dust finally settles down, Kadyrov may not be standing where he thinks he is.”

Speaking in a voice message on Telegram on Tuesday, Kadyrov said he believed Russia should “end what was started” in Ukraine.

He said: “I am thinking about the negotiations, which are taking place in Turkey.

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This term is now often used to describe Ukrainian nationalists.

Kadyrov also reiterated Putin’s claim that the aim of his invasion was the “denazification” of Ukraine – a claim widely seen as unfounded.

Peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv have been described as “constructive” by Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medisnky.

However, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US had not seen any evidence that peace talks between Ukraine and Russia were progressing in a “constructive way”.

He added: “There is what Russia says and there is what Russia does, and we are focused on the latter.

“And what Russia is doing is continuing brutality in Ukraine.”

This came after Russia’s deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin said Moscow had decided to “fundamentally scale back” operations near Kyiv and Chernihiv to “increase mutual trust” in the talks.