- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

'Give Us F*****g Weapons, Or Bring Body Bags': US Army Vet Fighting in Ukraine 'Pleads' With NATO

© AP Photo / Marienko AndrewUkrainian soldiers inspect a damaged military vehicle after fighting in Kharkov, Ukraine. File photo
Ukrainian soldiers inspect a damaged military vehicle after fighting in Kharkov, Ukraine. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.04.2022
After Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised the launch of the special military operation to "demilitarize and de-Nazify" Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly warned foreign countries against allowing their citizens to take part in hostilities, stressing that they would become a valid target if they fired at Russian troops.
A US military veteran who left his hometown to fight on the side of Kiev's forces has issued a “plea” for more weapons to be sent by Western countries to Ukraine, reported The Daily Mail.
James Vasquez, 47, a home renovation contractor from Connecticut, is believed to have left for Ukraine in March. He has since been continuously posting updates on his adventures as a “mercenary” amid the Russian special operation to "demilitarize and de-Nazify" Ukraine.
The ex-US Army staff sergeant shared a video on social media on Friday where he revealed he had modified his own AK-47 out of his own pocket, while the Ukrainian government has given him a “naked” weapon.
The army vet bemoaned the fact that Kiev authorities expected him to “go into battle with just my drones, AK-47 and one grenade and nothing else.”
“Give us some f*****g weapons please. We will not win with trash weapons. We need m-16’s, M-4’s, ACOG’s, red dots, ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, javelins, f*****g old AT-4s I know are probably in some storage unit. Frag grenades, and if not… may as well bring Body bags,” Vasquez captioned the post.
Referring to the steady stream of weapons supplies promised to Kiev by the US’s NATO allies, he queried in his post:
“I don't know where all these weapons are supposed to be coming in from or all the rest of our governments. I haven't seen anything that I can really use, that I know I can reliably use. Please f*****g help and stop saying you are sending s*** and actually send it.”
Vasquez, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, previously posted a video on Twitter showing the remains of a decimated Russian tank in an undisclosed location. He claimed that the Ukrainian troops had entered the area, “taking out seven tanks”.
In this image released by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry Press Service, Ukrainian soldiers use a launcher with US Javelin missiles during military exercises in the Donetsk Region, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.04.2022
NATO Pledges 'New, Heavier' Weapons to Kiev as Ukraine's FM Says Donbass Showdown Will Resemble WWII
The official account of Ukraine's armed forces, according to the outlet, shared the video, while also praising the work of the country's International Legion. The latter comprises volunteers from other countries, predominantly military veterans.
As it continues its special operation launched in Ukraine following a request from the newly-recognised Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Russia has repeatedly warned foreign countries against allowing their citizens to travel to Ukraine in order to take part in hostilities. Moscow stressed that anyone firing at Russian troops during the special operation will be considered a valid target.
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