‘It was my duty’ – Ukrainians returning from Ireland to fight Russian aggression say they are short of weapons


Two Ukrainians who live in Ireland and have returned home to fight against Russian aggression in their homeland say volunteers are short of weapons.

oth Pavlo (22 years old), from Cork, and Stanislav (51), from Louth, had come to Kyiv to join the local militia but were still unarmed to fight.

Pavlo Serdiuk (22) left Cork to defend his homeland and upon arrival, was tasked with sourcing military and medical supplies and will soon head to France in an effort.

“We have contacted the local civil defense force [in Kyiv] and they said, ‘guys, there are a lot of people but we have no weapons, no medical supplies, no armor or helmets’. They said try to reach any contact, by all means possible so we can get help.

“What’s happening now is we’re trying to contact everyone we know in Ireland, Poland and trying to figure out what kind of help we can get when we get to Ukraine. Me and my dad are going to France to gather some help, that’s what’s going on at the moment,” Pavlo told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Pavlo said “he’s happy to be here” despite the very dangerous situation, but said he would be “much happier if I could get something done”.

A nearly 65km convoy of Russian troops and machines is attacking Kyiv and Pavlo says that although he admits that “they have a huge army”, it will be “easier to destroy because of us”. can see it coming”.

“I hope they don’t make it to Kyiv. If they do, I don’t know, I don’t even want to think about it,” Pavlo said.

Stanislav, from Co Louth, also joined the local defense force when he arrived in Ukraine and he did not have a weapon in his hand even though he was ready to go to war.

“It is not the Ukrainian Army but like local security forces that will patrol the city 24 hours to protect it.

“We haven’t received the guns yet, but we have been given responsibilities and duties, we are what you would call a second or third choice unit. If the situation deteriorates, then second choice units will be called in, etc.” Stanislav said.

Although unarmed, Stanislav said he did not feel hurt and felt like “I will not fail”.

“It’s my responsibility. I’m 51 years old, my family is settled in Ireland. Both of my sons are working there and have good jobs so it would be better for me to join the battle myself. this than kids in their 20s,” says Stanislav. ‘It was my duty’ – Ukrainians returning from Ireland to fight Russian aggression say they are short of weapons

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