Friday 25 March 2022

United States volunteers active in frontline of the war in Ukraine

United States volunteers have been seen in video footage from the frontlines in Ukraine, recommending that the international legion fighting along with the Ukrainian army is playing a progressively active function.

2 video clips featuring US fighters appeared on Twitter on Thursday: one showing an American in combat gear posturing in front of the burnt remains of what he said was a Russian tank. Off cam, a Ukrainian shouts "Welcome to America!" and the American repeats the expression.

In the other, narrated by a different soldier with an American accent, shows a detachment of soldiers hiding by a wall along the road, in a village the narrator claims they have recaptured from the Russians.

The very first video was published by James Vasquez, a United States army veteran and structure contractor from Connecticut, who, according to his Twitter feed, arrived in Poland on 15 March and crossed into Ukraine the next day, bringing with him numerous monitoring drones. He was sent to the frontlines from Lviv on 18 March.

" I kind of seem like I'm on a remarkable very hazardous trip," he stated. And in another tweet: "When I require to amp myself up for battle, I simply think of the most punchable face in the world . Tucker Carlson."He gives an account of patrolling Ukraine going through numerous checkpoints and showing his passport.

" They are surprised to see an American passport when I hit checkpoints," he stated. "They let me right through because they believe it's amazing an American soldier is here to combat alongside them."

In his account of Thursday's fight for a village he does not name, Vasquez stated he was entrusted to "find a pack of Russians found hiding by civilians" and he used a drone to attempt to find them.

A few hours later, he tweeted: "Just went through six straight hours of battle. I have crazy video I'll post later on. 2 males were shot however will be okay. One fatality."

Preliminary accounts of the international legion recommended that the foreign volunteers were a mixed bag, lots of without any experience. The military news website Task & Purpose reported there was "a swarm of Fantasists for every one prospect with experience in battle".

"Selection obviously follows no discernible procedure aside from separating those that don't have military experience from those that do. The former are executed a four-week training course-- the latter are provided a weapon and sent to the front in ad-hoc units with a Ukrainian officer," the report from Ukraine said.

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