After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s plea for foreign fighters to join and help defeat Russian invaders, one of the world’s most deadliest snipers has allegedly joined the fighting in Ukraine.
The marksman, who goes by the nickname ‘Wali,’ was a member of the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment and has previous combat experience from participating in the Kandahar theater of the Afghanistan War between 2009 and 2011.
In 2015, the 40-year-old decided to fly to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State’s terrorists.
In June 2017, one of his comrades is said to have shot and killed an Islamic State terrorist from a distance of 3,450 meters, or more than two miles.
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According to reports, a member of the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment used a McMillan Tac-50 rifle to fatally shoot an Islamic State terrorist from over two miles distant in 2017, setting a new world record for the longest ever kill shot.
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s defiant president, issued an appeal last week Saturday, urging members of the international armed forces community to fly to Eastern Europe and assist the war effort.
‘Wali,’ who left his wife and one-year-old son behind, was contacted by a friend of his who has been assisting in the organization of ‘neutral humanitarian aid convoys’ into the seized Donbas region in Ukraine’s south east.
He compared his response to the appeal to join the Ukrainian volunteer troops to that of a firefighter hearing the alarm ringing.
‘Wali’ was still employed as a computer programmer in Canada just a few weeks ago.
He’s now ready to engage Russian forces from a remote place in Ukraine, some 4,800 miles away.
‘I was still programming stuff a week ago.’ Now I’m at a warehouse getting anti-tank missiles to kill people… That is my current situation,’ he told CBC News.
Over 20,000 people from 52 nations have already signed up to fight Russian invaders in Ukraine, where they would serve in a newly formed international legion, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
‘Wali’ was still employed as a computer programmer in Canada just a few weeks ago. He now leaves behind his wife and infant son, who will be missing him on his first birthday next week.
‘I know it’s terrible, but in my brain, when I see photos of destruction in Ukraine, it’s my son who is in danger and suffering,’ he said.
His wife, whose name has been kept a secret for security reasons, said she reluctantly let him go since keeping him at home would have been “like putting him in jail.”
Source: Daily Mail.