Russia’s Chechen Forces Commander Apti Alaudinov dropped a controversial statement during his appearance on Russian state television earlier this week, calling the invasion of Ukraine “holy war.”

Alaudinov hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his valiant effort against the “satanic” west and for fending off Ukraine from further adapting the democratic values. Chechnya is part of the Republic of Russia under the jurisdiction of Moscow.

“This is a holy war our saints and elders spoke of. I praise the Most High (God) that this country is headed by Vladimir Putin because he is the man that refused to accept the so-called European values. In reality, those are Satanist values that are imposed upon the entire world.”

He also praised the Kremlin for his rooted stand against LGBTQ rights and for preventing it from further advancing in the country, saying that Putin is “doing what Islamic countries should have done.”