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Ukrainians flocked to UK army shops to buy camo gear and bulletproof vests as they shouted ‘we will fight for our freedom’

ANGRY Ukrainians in the UK prepare to arm their troops before heading to their homeland to fend off Russian aggression.

Supplies in surplus military stores across the country are being raided by Ukrainians to see if they can buy anything that could help their resistance.

Damon Warren, owner of G4 Echelon Military Supplies Store is giving a discount to vets

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Damon Warren, owner of G4 Echelon Military Supplies Store is giving a discount to vetsCredit: SWNS
He's been inundated with calls since the Russian invasion last week

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He’s been inundated with calls since the Russian invasion last weekCredit: SWNS

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of war crimes after they killed 11 people in an airstrike in Kharkiv – destroying a school.

Kharkiv was resilient against the Russian invaders even though it was only 25 miles from the border.

Now, Ukrainians in Britain are regrouping before returning to their home countries to join the bloody battle.

Vitalii Vovchuk, a construction driver who moved from Ukraine three years ago, came to Kent from London in search of supplies.

Vitalii, 28, rushed to the G4 Echelon Military Materials in Folkstone, telling The messenger Kent: “We are also thinking about leaving on our own, when asked about the prospect of returning to fight.

“But since we weren’t in the army, they needed people who knew how to fight, who knew how to hold their arm, all that.

“We will keep an eye on them and if they have training centers we will join as soon as we can.

“We must win this war and take back our territories, like Crimea and the occupied territories.

“Because this is our chance, you can see that now are the last days of Russia.

“It’s the end of a great country, and it’s coming to an end.

“Putin’s problem is that he doesn’t understand the Ukrainians. We will fight for our freedom.

“We are really disappointed that no one has provided us with a rifle. We are ready to go now, fight, we are ready.

“Unfortunately, I did not join the army, but I am happy to dedicate my life to Ukraine. We have to win and we will win. We will.”

We have something worth fighting for. We are defending our country and they are invading

Nastia Nizalova

Nastia Nizalova, 25, also went to the store to try to find any supplies she could deliver to the collection points.

“I’m gathering supplies because that’s the most important thing right now,” she said.

“There’s a lot of people on the ground doing things, but they just don’t have the resources and just the equipment.

“At least for now, this is the best I can do from here.

“So bulletproof vests and helmets, there aren’t enough. I know people are buying and shipping it so we can get any great stuff anywhere.

“Fugitives also need a lot of things. But right now I think the highest priority is to equip all the boys and girls.

“We have something worth fighting for. We are defending our country and they are invading. So Ukrainians have an extra incentive to protect what is ours and to protect our culture. .

“Honestly, it started a long time ago, but at least now people understand what’s going on and I think Western countries are also correctly recognizing the threat.

“I think the goal now is to support Ukraine as much as possible because maybe it won’t stop there.

“It’s emotional. It’s mental to get texts like ‘don’t worry, I’m fine, we’re in a bunker’. Is that the message I’m supposed to get from my friend? no? No, probably not.”

Dozens of Ukrainians have asked for supplies to send back to their homeland

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Dozens of Ukrainians have asked for supplies to send back to their homelandCredit: SWNS
The Russians launched their bloody invasion last week

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The Russians launched their bloody invasion last weekCredit: EPA

Brave Britons are also applying to join Ukraine and fight against Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion.

Veterans with many years of military experience are also buying equipment to support the fight against the Russian army.

Damon Warren, owner of the G4 Echelon Military Supplies store, is offering 50% off both Ukrainians and any British veteran looking to join the fight.

The 52 years old says: “I’ve been to war zones and I’ve seen what it does. So my heart goes out to the Ukrainians, and my heart is telling me to help them as much as I can.

“It all started on Saturday. Since then, I’ve been working from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. It’s completely out of mind. I’m just flooded with my head and the phone hasn’t stopped working yet. I feel like I’m doing my job.

“What started out as a few Ukrainians wanting to help their homeland turned into dozens of them doing everything they could.

“I’m trying to save them some money by saying ‘you may not need all this in a few days’ time’ but they say it doesn’t matter, they want to strengthen their country.

“Ukrainian citizens feel they need to do something for their people but some may not be able to do it for medical reasons or whatever.

“So instead, they would go around all the military surplus stores in trucks to buy goods before driving to the Polish border and heading to Ukraine. And they told me there was a need. will only increase more.

“So a lot of them are looking to donate to help me get more stock. But I’m running out of stock. I think I’ll give it another two days before it’s all sold out on Thursday. That’s what I’ll be doing. clean out.”

‘GUARD’

Dave Radband, 36, who served on Special Forces missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, is also planning to go out of his way to help.

“When you have 10 tours, you already have a unique skill set,” he said. You can’t just sit in one place. It has to do with morality.

“You can’t just sit around and let this happen. They need our help, so we’re going to go out and help them.

“We are not fighting for ourselves. We are guardians. “

Retired soldier Shane Matthews, who served in the 2nd Princess Battalion of the Royal Welsh Regiment, was also among the vets traveling to Ukraine.

The 34-year-old veteran sniper is aiming to go to Kyiv to help the besieged capital as they are under attack by the Russian Army.

“Russia is illegally trampling on the democratic rights of an entire country and no one is trying to stop it,” he said.

“What Russia has done is disgusting. It’s reprehensible. The Russian people do not want to be involved. The Russian military does not know why they are there.

“As far as I know, if you can fight it is your duty to fight. You’re watching modern-day Hitler rolling across Ukraine.

“I will be there to provide medical assistance and training if possible. But if it requires combat, I will arm myself.”

Retired British veterans also hope to be helped by fighting in Ukraine

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Retired British veterans also hope to be helped by fighting in UkraineCredit: SWNS
Supplies have been in high demand since the airstrikes began

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Supplies have been in high demand since the airstrikes beganCredit: SWNS

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