‘Ukrainian by proxy’ Ex-British army officer’s emotional story for joining Ukraine fight

Ukraine: Former British army officer ‘willing to fight’

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Jason Luck spoke to GB News about his plan to travel to Ukraine on the weekend to help the army in their fight against Russian troops, stating he was going not because he wanted to fight but wants to protect his family. Mr Luck’s family are located in the east of the country and have been giving him updates about the shelling in the area from Russian forces and believed the world was seeing the “calm before the storm” as Putin faces strong resistance. The former army man appeared to get emotional as he shared his plan to visit Ukraine as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss suggested British civilians could go to Ukraine and fight in its foreign volunteer force.

Speaking to GB News outside of the Ukrainian embassy, Mr Luck was asked why he wanted to go over and fight in Ukraine.

He answered: “People got the wrong idea, it’s not that I want to go over and fight, it’s because of my family obviously.

“That’s my priority, fighting isn’t my priority but it’s going to be one of those things I have to do.” 

He explained he had family in Mykolaiv and near Mariupol which is seeing strong Russian aggression.

Mr Luck said he has been told that things have “calmed down” but did not know whether or not he was being lied to by his partner.

He said: “I would’ve gone weeks ago but obviously financially it’s been difficult…

“It’s gonna get worse before it gets better and like I said to you earlier I think this is the calm before the storm.

“I think [Putin] has every intention of capturing Zelensky alive.”

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Mr Luck revealed that, while he has equipment out in Ukraine, it is kept in the east so he can no longer access it but will be bringing his own gear on his journey there.

He was told it was “extraordinary” that he wanted to go and fight but explained he was “Ukrainian by proxy”.

He added: “It’s my home as well, so I can’t face Ukrainians if I don’t do anything. Later on, I’m gonna need their help and they’re going to need my help.”

Mr Luck then revealed his stepson is autistic and finds it very difficult to travel and his partner’s parents are very ill too. 

The former soldier also explained he fought in the Ukrainian army several years ago.

Hundreds of British nationals arrived at the Ukrainian embassy on Monday to enrol and help out Ukraine’s fight against Russia.

Those volunteering range from veterans to those with no combat experience with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace urging people with no military training to not go and fight.

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Gym owner Leon Dawson told Sky News: “We’re young, strong, fit men and we can help, so why not?

“We’ve been watching the news, we’ve been seeing what’s happening. We just thought we could make a difference so we’ve come to help.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky has begged foreign nationals to join his foreign legion to fight back Russia and has promised to arm them in the conflict.

A statement read: “This is the beginning of a war against Europe, against European structures, against democracy, against basic human rights, against a global order of law, rules, and peaceful coexistence.

“Anyone who wants to join the defence of Ukraine, Europe, and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals.”

While civilians have been signing up to fight, army bosses have warned against UK soldiers going rogue and aiding the conflict.

Russia placed its nuclear arsenal on high alert with a spokesperson for Putin putting the blame on Ms Truss.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Statements were made by various representatives at various levels on possible altercations or even collisions and clashes between Nato and Russia.

“We believe that such statements are absolutely unacceptable. I would not call the authors of these statements by name, although it was the British foreign minister.”

It is unclear which comments angered Russia but the Foreign Secretary told Sky News that if the conflict in Ukraine was not stopped then there could be a fight between NATO and Russia.

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