ANGRY Ukrainians in the UK are kitting themselves out with army gear before heading to their homeland to fight the Russian invasion.
Military supplies in army surplus stores across the country are being raided by Ukrainians to see if they can buy anything that would help their resistance fighters.
Damon Warren owner of the G4 Echelon Military Supplies store is offering a discount to vetsCredit: SWNS
He has been inundated with calls since the Russian’s invaded last weekCredit: SWNS
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of war crimes after they killed 11 people in an air strike in Kharkiv – destroying a school.
Kharkiv has been holding out staunchly against the Russian invaders even though it is just 25 miles from the border.
Now Ukrainians in Britain are joining forces before heading back to their country to join the bloody battle.
Vitalii Vovchuk, a construction driver who moved from Ukraine three years ago, travelled to Kent from London searching for supplies.
Vitalii, 28, rushed to G4 Echelon Military Supplies in Folkstone, told the Kent Messenger: “We are also thinking to go ourselves, when asked about the prospects of returning to join the fight.
“But because we haven’t been in army now they need people who already know how to fight, how to hold their arms, all that stuff.
“We will keep an eye and if they do training centres we will join them as soon as possible.
“We have to win this war and have to take our territory back, like Crimea and the occupied territories.
“Because this is our chance, you can see now it’s the last days of Russia.
“It’s the end of the big country, and it’s coming to his end. He never thought it would happen like that, but we Ukrainians we always knew it’s going to happen.
“Putin’s problem is he doesn’t understand Ukrainians. We’ll fight for our freedom.
“We are actually disappointed that no one gives us a rifle. We are ready to go right now, to fight, we’re ready.
“I wasn’t in army, unfortunately, but I’m happy to give my life for Ukraine. We have to win and we will win. We will.”
We have something worth fighting for. We’re protecting our country and they’re invading
Nastia Nizalova, 25, also headed to the store to try to find any supplies that she can deliver to collection points.
She said: “I’m collecting supplies because that is right now the most important thing,” she said.
“There are plenty of people on the ground doing things, but they don’t have enough resources and just not enough equipment.
“At least for the moment, this is the best thing I can do from here.
“So bulletproof vests and helmets, there’s not enough. I know people are buying up and passing it on so wherever we can get any that’s great.
“People fleeing also need a lot of things. But for the moment I think the highest priority is equipping all the guys and gals.
“We have something worth fighting for. We’re protecting our country and they’re invading. So Ukrainians have more motivation to protect what’s ours and protect our culture.
“Frankly it started a long time before, but at least now people understand what’s going on and I think also countries in the West are now realising exactly the threat.
“I think the goal now is to support Ukraine as much as possible because it probably won’t stop there.
“It’s mental. It’s mental to receive messages like ‘don’t worry, I’m okay, we’re in the shelter’. Is that a message I was supposed to get from my friend? No, probably not.”
Dozens of Ukrainians have been asking for supplies to send to their homelandCredit: SWNS
Russian launched their bloody invasion last weekCredit: EPA
Brave Brits are also signing up in their droves to join Ukraine and fight against Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion.
Veterans with years of military experience under their belts are also buying kit to bolster the fighting against the Russian troops.
Damon Warren, owner of the G4 Echelon Military Supplies store, is giving a 50 per cent discount to both Ukrainians and any British veterans looking to join the fight.
The 52-year-old said: “I’ve been to war zones and I’ve seen what it does. So my heart is with the Ukrainians, and my heart is telling me to help them as best I can.
“It all started Saturday. I’ve been working flat out 4.30am to 9pm every day since then. It’s gone absolutely mental. I’m just inundated and the phone hasn’t stopped. I feel like I’m doing my bit.
“What started out as a couple of Ukrainians wanting to help their homeland has turned into dozens of them doing everything they can.
“I’m trying to save some of them money by saying ‘you might not need all this in a few days time’ but they say it doesn’t matter, they want to bolster their country.
“Ukrainian citizens feel like they need to do something for their people but some might not be able to for medical reasons or whatever.
“So instead they are going round all the military surplus stores in vans buying up the stock before driving to the Polish border and heading to Ukraine. And they’re telling me demand is only going to increase more.
“So many of them are wanting to make donations to help me get more stock. But I’m running out already. I think I last another two days before being sold out by Thursday. That’ll be me clean out.”
Dave Radband, 36, who was part of Special Forces missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, is also planning to travel out to help.
He said: “When you’ve got 10 tours under your belt, you’ve got a unique skillset. You can’t just sit around. It comes down to morals.
“You can’t just sit around and let this happen. They need our help, so we’ll go out and help them.
“We don’t fight for ourselves. We’re protectors.”
Retired soldier Shane Matthews, who served in the 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, is also amongst the vets travelling to Ukraine.
The 34-year-old veteran sniper is aiming to travel to Kyiv to help the under-siege capital as they are being attacked by the Russian Army.
He said: “Russia is trampling on the democratic rights of an entire nation illegally and nobody is trying to stop it.
“What Russia has done is disgusting. It is beyond reprehensible. Russian people don’t want to be involved. The Russian military doesn’t know why they’re there.
“As far as I’m concerned, if you can fight it’s your duty to fight. You’re looking at modern day Hitler steam-rolling across Ukraine.
“I will be there to provide medical support and training where possible. But if it requires combat, I will be armed.”
Retired British veterans are also hoping to help by fighting in UkraineCredit: SWNS
Supplies have been in high demand since the air strikes startedCredit: SWNS
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