British prisoners of aid to Ukraine: I did not want to fight, so I surrendered and all my teammates who participated in the war were killed


2022-05-17: [Article Link Today, on 17 May, Russian television (RT) reported that, in an exclusive interview with a U.K. volunteer, Andrew, claimed that he had gone to Ukraine to treat wounded civilians at the beginning of the war in Russia-Ukraine, but that in a few weeks he had found himself shelled, shot and captured. A 35-year-old Andrew, a scaffolding worker from his home in England, was affiliated with a unit of the Ukrainian International Corps near Nikolaev as he was subjected to devastating Russian shelling. Russian troops opened fire on his position, Andrew's arm was hit by a bullet, and he surrendered. Andrew explained, “I did not fight there, so I surrendered, and as for the teammates involved, they were killed.” He said that he had never intended to participate in or even get close to fighting. Leaving his child, he flew from Britain to Poland, and then to the Ukrainian border. After a brief “helping refugees” there, he said that a member of the international legion called “Jakob” had found him and told him that his basic medical experience with the British army could play a further role in Ukraine. "I'm sorry," Andrew told RT, "I do feel like I've been tricked. Not only in the Foreign Legion, I think I've been tricked by the Western media in England. Andrew says, “People go to Ukraine to help, help Ukraine’s news reports make the trip seem easy.” Andrew recalled that when he first arrived in Ukraine, he went to a building in Lviv, where he and a group of foreigners were kept indoors for several days, allegedly for their own safety. Although he had served in the British army, Andrew said that he had no combat experience and that volunteers like him were separated from war veterans who had come to Ukraine. From there, the group was reportedly taken to Avorif, but the training centre for foreign recruits in Avorif was destroyed by Russian missiles, so they were sent to Kiev, where a Ukrainian staff member told them that the situation would be similar to that of Lviv: “You will be locked, you will not leave the building, you will have to stay inside, and you will be provided with food and water, awaiting further instructions. The first interaction between Andrew and Ukrainian civilians took place in the town of Butcha in early April, where he said he was cooking and distributing food. Although he arrived in Butcha only after the departure of the Russian army, he said that he had not seen any indication that the Ukrainian Government had later accused Russia of committing war crimes. “I myself did not see any body, I did not see anything, and it did not appear to have been damaged.” He recalled, adding that he had been on the outskirts of the town, “all seemed normal and there was no sign of any fighting”. One day after staying in Bucha, Andrew and his companions took another bus to Nikolaev, which he said was “closer to the front line than I realized”. Even after he was transferred outside the city to form a combat unit with six other foreigners, Andrew said that the situation seemed calm, but the day after he was taken to the front, positions were attacked. He told RT reporters that “I got shot in the arm, broke my bones.” The Russian army kept moving, while Andrew was lying on the ground, putting his unharmed hand above his head until a Russian soldier dragged him into the pit and gave him first aid. "I was lucky to survive," he recalled, "The Russian soldier who gave me first aid saved my life. The bullet cut my artery, and I was bleeding." Andrew's men gave him a cigarette and took him back to the Russian-controlled area for surgery and interrogation. Currently, he was waiting for two other rounds of surgery at a hospital in Donbas, where he told reporters that many volunteers like him ended up in a situation they did not want to get into. Speaking of his volunteer companions, Andrew reportedly said, “Everyone seems to be ordinary people who want to help, but many feel like I feel that I'm being `guided' to help soldiers rather than civilians.


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British prisoners of aid to Ukraine: I did not want to fight, so I surrendered and all my teammates who participated in the war were killed


2022-05-17: [Article Link Today, on 17 May, Russian television (RT) reported that, in an exclusive interview with a U.K. volunteer, Andrew, claimed that he had gone to Ukraine to treat wounded civilians at the beginning of the war in Russia-Ukraine, but that in a few weeks he had found himself shelled, shot and captured. A 35-year-old Andrew, a scaffolding worker from his home in England, was affiliated with a unit of the Ukrainian International Corps near Nikolaev as he was subjected to devastating Russian shelling. Russian troops opened fire on his position, Andrew's arm was hit by a bullet, and he surrendered. Andrew explained, “I did not fight there, so I surrendered, and as for the teammates involved, they were killed.” He said that he had never intended to participate in or even get close to fighting. Leaving his child, he flew from Britain to Poland, and then to the Ukrainian border. After a brief “helping refugees” there, he said that a member of the international legion called “Jakob” had found him and told him that his basic medical experience with the British army could play a further role in Ukraine. "I'm sorry," Andrew told RT, "I do feel like I've been tricked. Not only in the Foreign Legion, I think I've been tricked by the Western media in England. Andrew says, “People go to Ukraine to help, help Ukraine’s news reports make the trip seem easy.” Andrew recalled that when he first arrived in Ukraine, he went to a building in Lviv, where he and a group of foreigners were kept indoors for several days, allegedly for their own safety. Although he had served in the British army, Andrew said that he had no combat experience and that volunteers like him were separated from war veterans who had come to Ukraine. From there, the group was reportedly taken to Avorif, but the training centre for foreign recruits in Avorif was destroyed by Russian missiles, so they were sent to Kiev, where a Ukrainian staff member told them that the situation would be similar to that of Lviv: “You will be locked, you will not leave the building, you will have to stay inside, and you will be provided with food and water, awaiting further instructions. The first interaction between Andrew and Ukrainian civilians took place in the town of Butcha in early April, where he said he was cooking and distributing food. Although he arrived in Butcha only after the departure of the Russian army, he said that he had not seen any indication that the Ukrainian Government had later accused Russia of committing war crimes. “I myself did not see any body, I did not see anything, and it did not appear to have been damaged.” He recalled, adding that he had been on the outskirts of the town, “all seemed normal and there was no sign of any fighting”. One day after staying in Bucha, Andrew and his companions took another bus to Nikolaev, which he said was “closer to the front line than I realized”. Even after he was transferred outside the city to form a combat unit with six other foreigners, Andrew said that the situation seemed calm, but the day after he was taken to the front, positions were attacked. He told RT reporters that “I got shot in the arm, broke my bones.” The Russian army kept moving, while Andrew was lying on the ground, putting his unharmed hand above his head until a Russian soldier dragged him into the pit and gave him first aid. "I was lucky to survive," he recalled, "The Russian soldier who gave me first aid saved my life. The bullet cut my artery, and I was bleeding." Andrew's men gave him a cigarette and took him back to the Russian-controlled area for surgery and interrogation. Currently, he was waiting for two other rounds of surgery at a hospital in Donbas, where he told reporters that many volunteers like him ended up in a situation they did not want to get into. Speaking of his volunteer companions, Andrew reportedly said, “Everyone seems to be ordinary people who want to help, but many feel like I feel that I'm being `guided' to help soldiers rather than civilians.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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