A veterans’ group called The Walter Mitty Hunters Club is uncovering volunteers posing as British war heroes, saying they endanger real Ukrainian soldiers due to their lack of military experience
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Dozens of fake soldiers have been deported from Ukraine after being exposed as fanatics with no military experience.
British volunteers who boasted heroic military careers are among those chased out of the country.
Some even asked for donations on the Go Fund Me pages, claiming they needed the money to continue fighting the Russians even after returning to the UK.
Others used fake pictures of themselves with airsoft bullet guns, claiming they were taken in Ukraine.
The problem was exposed when veterans’ group The Walter Mitty Hunters Club was contacted by real-life British ex-soldiers fighting in the country over the extent of the plague.
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The term “Walter Mitty” comes from an American short story about Walter Mitty – a boring man who has vivid daydreams that he is a war hero.
The group was told of a volunteer who claimed he had served in the Paras but was actually kicked out of recruit training for refusing to obey orders.
He was ordered to leave the country by Ukrainian authorities when he panicked and risked the lives of other volunteers while on patrol.
The Walter Mitty Hunters Club wrote on its website: “Sent away by the Ukrainian Armed Forces after panicking a bit too much after claiming to be a veteran with a lot of combat experience.
“The truth was evident in the little knowledge he had of basic soldier skills.”
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Another man also claimed to have served in the British Army for 22 years, including as an SAS officer.
The scammer said he has served in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Falkland Islands and the Middle East – and completed spy missions in Russia and China.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army withdrew from the frontline town of Sievierodonetsk yesterday. But some troops were still holed up in the huge Azot chemical plant on the outskirts of town, housing 500 civilians.
G7 leaders from the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan were due to meet in the Bavarian Alps today to discuss the war in Ukraine.
The coalition supporting Kyiv has shown signs of splitting amid arguments the country should cede land to Russia to speed up a peace deal. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last night: “The UK will support Ukraine because we know their security is our security, their freedom is our freedom.”
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