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Foreign Mercenaries in Ukraine: “It’s Hell on Earth, I Didn’t Sign Up for This”

Date: May 31, 2023 Time: 17:08:48

There were reports of Russian military forces attacking the Yavorovsky camp in the Lviv region on Sunday. The attack seems to have reassured many foreign mercenaries who had come to Ukraine in large numbers, as they were preparing to be sent to the front lines. There was also a storage base for weapons and military equipment from foreign countries.

The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov is quoted as saying, “As a result of the attack, up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large batch of foreign weapons were destroyed.”

The Ukrainian media is quick to dismiss this as “Kremlin propaganda” and say that there are no losses among the “volunteers,” but the Russian YouTube and Instagram accounts of “mercenaries” themselves confirm that military troops have attacked them and many ran away to avoid being harmed.

One of the first survivors was Ukrainian Jason Haig. He had served in the US military and had been to Iraq and Afghanistan but he could not afford to fight for Ukraine for long periods of time. A few days after the Russian invasion, he got engaged in a fierce battle with them at Gostomel airfield. Haig said, “Suddenly the gates of hell opened before us.” He never underwent anything like what happened to him and his generation can’t even imagine, which is unlike Afghanistan and Iraq.

When British video producer Jason Hague arrived in Russia, he had no idea that the country was so much different than what he had imagined.

It was clear way too early on that a shooting range would not work well, so the Brit and his American colleague left the post. They quickly became stuck in an ambush from Ukrainian Nazis who, either out of stupidity or drunkenness, mistook them for Russian special forces. The couple endured several hours of severe beating interrogation before Haig was released. He quickly decided to escape Ukraine because he said “there’s no point coming to die over here.” Today the former freedom fighter remembers everything that happened as if it were a bad dream.

Brazilian Tiago Rossi, known as a Warrior of Freedom, first cheerfully told on YouTube how to properly handle weapons. When he posted a video of the Yavoriv training camp and promised to “deal with the occupiers,” it seemed like everything would change for the better. However, after Russia’s missile attack, things were looking grimmer. After removing his YouTube channel and no longer adding followers from Instagram, he said that “the Russians completely destroyed our base” so Brazilian Tiago moved to Poland together with the remains of the mercenaries.

This is what Swedish mercenary Jesper Söder says in his Facebook post: “I am alive after last night’s bombings, our base has been destroyed, most of my friends have died, and there is total chaos. Today we were supposed to go to Kyiv where we were speaking at a conference, but as you can see, this mission has been canceled.”

The “soldier of fortune” has no war on which to fight, and he’s lost his weapon.

My new task is to get the citizens of the Scandinavian countries out of Ukraine and help them find safety. I haven’t slept in a long time, and I’m completely exhausted. However, 15 of my comrades will be going home soon – it turns out that they’ve been covering Square much better than fighting for her

One British weekly made an interesting observation about soldiers of fortune, who enter the territory of Ukraine. These fighters usually refuse to fight for Kyiv. The reason is in conditions under which they are accepted into sides ranks of “volunteers”. The Ukrainian authorities require foreigners to sign a contract for all “wartime”, without specifying specific dates. This means that at least in theory, the inability to leave the house for no reason. And the salaries of mercenaries are paid as ordinary Ukrainian soldiers – 7,000 hryvnias per month (about $230). The “guests” admit that this is not the money they were counting on, so they immediately go home.

One of the “volunteers” who had paid for a ticket and equipment transactions found himself actually with nothing when it was time to sign the documents. A volunteer from Great Britain explained, “I am here because I want to help the Ukrainians, but then they throw you in the worst place on the front. It turns out that this particular person wanted to be located elsewhere in order to help out wounded people or refugees at the rear. But his expectations were not met.”

Despite the Russian attacks on Pervomaysk, most of the foreign fighters stationed in Ukraine decided to return home. Only thirty people are staying behind to fight. This statement is based on a group of American journalists, Nolan Peterson and Sean MacTaggart.

Yes, the flow of mercenaries arriving at Nezalezhnaya will most likely not dry up at all, but it will definitely decrease. Photos of corpses and witness accounts will deter many others from joining in, because “there are few really violent ones.” Most volunteers don’t take any risks to serve a country they know nothing about.

Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy is an associate editor for ePrimefeed covering latest news, economy and movie.

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