Father from Alberta fighting on the front lines to defend Ukraine: ‘It’s a full-scale war’

In early March, Victor, 48, went from being an oilfield paramedic in northern Alberta to a combat medic on the streets of war-torn Ukraine.

“When this war started, this was actually my duty, to come here and help,” he said.

The father of two children has been to Ukraine twice before, in 2018 and 2019, helping the army. His girlfriend is Ukrainian and he decided to stay and fight for his country when the war broke out two months ago.

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Victor said that on his first night of sleeping in a barracks, he was attacked by Russians.

“They received a heavy artillery bombardment, they were bombarded.

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“She texted me the last goodbye. She said: ‘I love you. I’ll never see you again.’”

What followed was the worst ten hours of his life, he said, thinking of the worst. But when his girlfriend told him that she survived, Victor decided to join the fight and booked the next flight abroad.

“I left behind my two sons, my daughters. Pretty much everything I have.”

He said he wants to do something good with his life. Working with a Ukrainian special forces troop, he helps soldiers when they are wounded. When possible, he also helps civilians.

“Combat first, medic second. I’m basically a soldier. I have all my equipment, my weapon.

At one point, he said his team slept under a bridge for days, helping families escape bombing in Irpin.

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Victor recorded a series of videos showing the horrors he has experienced in the seven weeks he has been fighting. One shows the bodies of civilians lining the roads of Bucha.

“I have seen people with their hands tied behind their backs: they were killed on the street, in their backyards, in their basements. Yes, I have seen it with my own eyes.

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Plastic bags containing bodies exhumed from a mass grave are lined up in Bucha, outside kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday, April 8, 2022.

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Victor’s shock is reflected in the comments on his videos. He says that the destruction is unimaginable.

For Canadians at home, he compared it to documentaries about World War II.

“It is a large-scale war. The Russians are using everything: heavy artillery, mortars, rocket launchers. Everything. All they have.

In another video, he shows some of the used weapons lying on the burned ground where an airport in Gostomel once stood.

Victor said his battalion was recently withdrawn from the front lines after suffering heavy casualties. Some of his friends have already died.

Victor has been in the Ukraine fighting with the Ukrainian army for the last seven weeks.

Courtesy: Victor

“Right now, for the first time in a month and a half, for the last few days I have a decent bed that I can sleep in and a roof over my head,” he said.

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Victor said they are now regrouping, preparing to counter Russia’s second wave of attacks.

He feels that this will be a turning point in the war and has no intention of going home now.

“In the next two weeks we will see whether Ukraine will exist or Ukraine will be destroyed.”


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Victor said he is grateful to Canadians and the Canadian government for supporting the Ukrainian military, but added that his troops are in desperate need of optical equipment such as night vision and professional rifle scopes, as well as night vision goggles.

Global News does not publish Victor’s last name due to security concerns.

He said he could use the money for food right now and he’s accepting wire transfers. Those who wish to help should email [email protected] for information on how to help.

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