A Canadian mercenary who fled Ukraine expressed his happiness at being alive after escaping death several times while fighting as a sniper alongside Ukrainian forces.
"I am lucky that I am still alive," the Canadian sniper known as Wally said during an interview with Canadian website La Presse from his home in the greater Montreal region, adding: "Many arrive in Ukraine with swollen chests, but they leave with the tails of disappointment between their legs."
And the former soldier in the 22nd Royal Canadian Regiment continued: "We entered 20 thousand into Ukraine, and many of us expected that it would be ready, but the Ukrainians did not know what to do with us. The war is the opposite, it is a terrible disappointment," noting that the majority of foreign mercenaries decided to return to home after they were bitterly disappointed.
Wali explained that his last mission was in the Donbass region, where he took a position near a trench exposed to Russian tank fire, pointing out that a tank shell hit the site when two Ukrainian recruits came out of the trench. The scene was horrific and gave him a severe headache.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had previously published on its Twitter account a picture of the Canadian sniper without mentioning his full name, after news of his killing appeared, and said at the time that "Wali is one of the most wonderful snipers in the world and now he is fighting for Ukraine."
Wali served as a sniper with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2011. The Ukrainian regime had established a corps of international mercenaries of extremist Nazi ideology, where about 20 thousand mercenaries from 50 countries joined it, but the number quickly contradicted after hundreds of them were killed and injured and hundreds of others fled to their countries .
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