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British man with no military training went to fight in Ukraine without telling his wife to return home

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An English man traveled to Ukraine to fight Russian troops in the war said he had left the country out of concern that he might be caught up in a “suicide mission”.

en Spann (age 36) from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was armed in Ukraine despite having no military experience or affiliation with the country.

He said he did not tell his wife or 16-year-old son that he was leaving and spent five days in a safe house in western Ukraine with four former British soldiers when he arrived.

While in Ukraine, Mr Spann, who runs a knife crime charity, said he had a “Ukrainian SWAT team” point a gun to his head to search the safe house where he was staying.

He said he also saw the bodies of two dead Russian soldiers placed at a checkpoint to alert Vladimir Putin’s troops.

Speaking about his decision to return home, Mr Spann said he received “real grief” from his wife and son after they learned that he had fought in the conflict and that he feared get killed when going into more dangerous areas.

“When these people decided to venture deeper into the country, I decided to go back to the border,” he told Sky News.

He said he returned to the Polish border, where he entered Ukraine, before returning to the UK.

Spann’s comments came as the fighting entered its 20th day, with the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and several other cities under heavy shelling, although US defense officials said the Russian military little progress has been made since the weekend.

The spokesman said it was hoping to organize the evacuation of two convoys of about 30 buses carrying civilians out of the besieged northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy and take them to a safe area, a spokesman said. on Tuesday.

Ewan Watson, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, told a United Nations briefing in Geneva that the operation would be carried out with the Ukrainian Red Cross but had not yet commenced.

He noted that there have been delays with similar evacuations from Mariupol, where he said people are “basically suffocating in this city without aid”.

About 2.95 million Ukrainians have fled their homeland since Russian forces invaded 20 days ago, including 1.8 million in Poland, said UN refugee agency spokesman Matthew Saltmarsh said.

About 300,000 people have gone to Western Europe, he added.

They include 1.4 million children, which means 73,000 have become refugees every day on average over the past 20 days, or 55 children every minute or nearly once per second, UNICEF spokesman James Elder said. said in the same meeting.

On Monday, the UK launched the Home for Ukraine program to help people fleeing the conflict. As of Tuesday morning, about 89,000 people had signed up to register their interest.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/british-man-with-no-military-training-who-travelled-to-fight-in-ukraine-without-telling-his-wife-is-to-return-home-41451894.html British man with no military training went to fight in Ukraine without telling his wife to return home

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