The Washington Post publishes the shocking testimony of soldiers returning from Ukraine. “There is a big difference between what they expected and what they experienced,” the report concludes. “War volunteers return home, acknowledging the heavy fighting.” Dry testimonies need no further comment. “From the beginning, I didn’t stand a chance!” I leave it to my readers to express their views on the situation on the battlefields in Ukraine.
More than 4,000 American volunteers have left to fight alongside the Ukrainian military, despite recommendations from the US administration to look for other ways to get involved, the publication said.
One of the fighters admits that, from the beginning, they had no chance in front of the Russian army, much better organized.
The lack of transmission systems has led to disorganization and secure casualties
Most of those interviewed by American reporters admit the lack of guidance on the ground and cooperation with Ukrainian soldiers, the lack of communication systems, being easy prey.
Even veterans who fought in Afghanistan have left. And they lamented the lack of a military command.
Most enlisted after Volodymyr Zelinski’s announcement – he called for international volunteers in late February.
Despite the risks and official warnings, American veterans have joined Ukraine’s war effort, the American newspaper also notes.
Dane Miller, a career soldier, testified that he had embarked on a lighter mission. He went to Poland, where he worked in logistics support centers. He acknowledged to reporters that while helping volunteers draft their front-line file, he advised many not to get hired because they could not cope with such a massive army as the Russian army.
Javelins without batteries or fly fighting without envelopes
Dakota, another volunteer, recounts how she suspended her academic year, outraged by the Russian invasion. He gathered a platoon and fought alongside the Ukrainians in a city in northwestern Ukraine. Volunteers were taken by a yellow bus from Kyiv. Javelin was offered both weapons and missiles, but no launch batteries, he told reporters. They had no power supply, the equipment being inoperable.
The houses were on fire, Dakota remembered. His unit patrolled the woods. At one point, a commander waved, “Everything here is under Russian cover.” “Their artillery covered the whole area. Ukrainians and American volunteers scattered. Some went down into the trenches, others entered the houses. ” “An abandoned residence still had a Christmas tree set up,” he recalls. Some Russian troops withdrew, leaving a wounded comrade on the battlefield who cried all night, Dakota said.
The heroes are tired of being heroes
By the end of the second night, eight of the 20 volunteers in the Dakota unit had resigned, he said, including a veteran Navy colleague who was struggling to destroy his machine gun with a stone, in the hope that he will simulate combat damage so that he can retreat. Another pretended to be injured. They didn’t want to fight anymore, he said.
Dakota also recounts how he managed to destroy a Russian tank. But in retaliation, the Russians attacked all night. After a while, he complained of terrible headaches. He was diagnosed in April with a brain injury caused by the sound of Russian bombing. It has been recovering since then and is not yet valid.
Other volunteers described their frustrations differently. Pascal, a veteran of the German army, was in a team with Cancel, the American killed in battle at the end of April. Problems arose during their first mission, he said.
His band did not have radio location systems. They used their cell phones. After sending their battle plans via Whatsapp, they were suddenly attacked by Russian artillery. He thinks they were intercepted.
Radio communications are essential in a battle. Pascal also confesses that they did not know where they were and where the Russians were. Two colleagues went on a reconnaissance after the death of a colleague. They thought I was in the Ukrainian area. They never came back.
The rest were shot by Russians, including artillery cartridges, from another direction, Pascal said. Another member of the band was killed in the bombing. Pascal and another volunteer tried to save a 22-year-old American man who had been hit by shrapnel. They applied gauze – in a desperate attempt to stop the bleeding. But to no avail. Terrified, he said it was his last combat mission. He retired to Poland.
“From the beginning, I didn’t stand a chance”
“From the beginning, I didn’t stand a chance,” Pascal said in an interview. “I was wondering why I survived, and the others didn’t.”
A Ukrainian-born man, a naturalized American citizen, spoke on condition of anonymity to reporters at The Post. He asked to be quoted by the radio call sign: Texas. In a divorce proceeding, seeing on TV how his hometown was on fire, he decided to enlist as a volunteer.
Texas returned to Huston in May, where he felt much more relaxed in front of the computer in his quiet office. He confessed that he had no military training, only tactics. He thought it might help. He went to the south of Ukraine, where he saw hell.
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While patrolling the mountain hunters near the town of Mikhailov on a night mission, he spotted a Russian T-72 tank in a ditch with a barely visible turret. More than two miles away, Texas fired a rocket and split the tank plate right next to the turret. A success, he thought.
“It didn’t explode, as we would have liked,” said Texas, whose life lessons were documented in an April Wall Street Journal investigation.
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“Once you see that contrast between life and death and return to a quiet life and a quiet job,” Texas told The Washington Post, “everything seems insignificant compared to the horrors of war.”
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