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Khinialon or Chinialon or Chinialus (Χινιαλών; undetermined origin[1]) was chieftain of the Kutrigurs. In 551 he came from the "western side of the Maeotic Lake" to assist the Gepids at the war with Lombards with 12,000 Kutrigurs.[2] Later along with the Gepids they plundered the Byzantine lands.[2] However, Emperor Justinian I (527–565) through diplomatic persuasion and bribery dragged the Kutrigurs and Utigurs into mutual warfare.[3][4] Utigurs led by Sandilch attacked the Kutrigurs, who suffered great losses.[4]

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  1. ^ Maenchen-Helfen, Otto J. (1973). "Chapter IX. Language: 7. Names of undetermined origin". The World of the Huns: Studies in Their History and Culture. University of California Press. p. 417. ISBN 9780520015968. 
  2. ^ a b Curta 2015, p. 76.
  3. ^ Golden 1992, p. 99–100.
  4. ^ a b Golden 2011, p. 140.