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On the initiating of March, 48-year-dilapidated Victor went from being an oilfield paramedic in northern Alberta, to a fight medic on the streets of battle-torn Ukraine.

“When this battle began, this changed into as soon as in actuality my responsibility, to reach here and reduction,” he acknowledged.

The daddy of two has been in Ukraine twice earlier than — in 2018 and 2019 — serving to the protection power. His female friend is Ukrainian and he or she determined to live and fight for her nation when the battle broke out two months within the past.

Victor acknowledged in her first night time of sleeping in a barracks, it changed into as soon as targeted by Russians.

“They got heavy artillery barrage, they got shelled.

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“She texted me the relaxation goodbye. She acknowledged, ‘I fancy you. I’ll below no circumstances recognize you all another time.’”

What proceeded changed into as soon as the worst ten hours of his existence, he acknowledged — pondering the worst. Nevertheless when his female friend instructed him she survived, Victor determined to be part of the fight and booked the following flight international.

“I left within the help of my two formative years — my daughters. Shimmering mighty every thing that I salvage.”

He acknowledged he needs to achieve something moral alongside with his existence. Working with a Ukrainian special forces troop, he helps troopers when they’re wounded. When conceivable, he helps civilians too.

“Fight first, medic 2nd. Customarily I’m a soldier. I salvage all my tools, my gun.”

At one level, he acknowledged his personnel slept below a bridge for days, serving to households lag shelling in Irpin.

Victor recorded a desire of films exhibiting the horrors he’s skilled within the seven weeks he’s been combating. One reveals bodies of civilians lining the roads in Bucha.

“I’ve viewed folks with hands tied within the help of their backs — they had been killed within the avenue, in their backyards, in their basements. Sure, I salvage viewed that with my maintain eyes.”

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Plastic baggage with corpses exhumed from a mass grave are lined up in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022. AP Portray/Rodrigo Abd

Victor’s shock is captured within the commentary on his movies. He says the destruction is incredible.

For Canadians at home, he in contrast it to documentaries on WWII.

“It’s a beefy-scale battle. The Russians are using every thing: heavy artillery, mortars, rocket missiles. Every thing. Every thing they’ve.”

In a single more video, he reveals about a of the spent weapons lying on the burned floor where an airport as soon as sat in Gostomel.

Victor acknowledged his battalion changed into as soon as fair currently pulled help from the front lines, after struggling heavy casualties. Some of his mates salvage already died.

Victor has been in Ukraine combating with the Ukrainian navy for the relaxation seven weeks. Courtesy: Victor

“Staunch now, for the predominant time in a month-and-a-half, for the relaxation couple days I salvage a decent bed I’m succesful of sleep on and a roof over my head,” he acknowledged.

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Victor acknowledged they’re regrouping now, on the level of counter Russia’s 2nd wave of attacks.

He feels this will doubtless be a pivotal 2nd within the battle, and has no intentions of coming home now.

“Within the following two weeks we are succesful of recognize if Ukraine will exist or Ukraine will doubtless be destroyed.”

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Victor acknowledged he’s grateful to Canadians, and the Canadian authorities, for supporting the Ukrainian protection power, however added his troop is in desperate need of optical tools esteem night time vision and official rifle scopes apart from night time vision goggles.

World Files is no longer publishing Victor’s remaining identify attributable to security concerns.

He acknowledged he could perhaps perhaps spend cash for meals lawful now and is accepting e-transfers. Those wishing to reduction are asked to e-mail sarah.ryan@globalnews.ca for records on guidelines on how to back.

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