Brit jetting off to fight in Ukraine because he is ‘not doing much with life’

A British dad and ex-squaddie is jetting off to fight in Ukraine as he claimed he's "not doing much with life" and wants to lend his expertise to the country's defence.

Harvey Hunt, 50, has booked himself a flight from Bristol to Rzeszów, Poland, where he will try and link up with fellow fighters in the Ukrainian resistance.

He said he has been told to head to the border via the pan-European E40 road and present himself as a former serviceman.

Harvey, who says he worked in the Royal Artillery as a gunner, will then make his way toward a petrol station in the Ukrainian town of Novoiavorivsk, which is on the road to Lviv.

He added that he was told of a regular shuttle of buses or cars that would pick him up and take the ex-lorry driver from Somerset towards the front line.

Harvey said: "I've got military training, I'm not doing much with my life – I want to help.

"I'm sitting watching the news, and I'm thinking 'I can get off my a** and help them'. I can hold a gun and shoot it.

"I think [the situation] is disgusting. I think Russia should back off and leave all the kids and women."

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Harvey's choice to head out to fight in Ukraine comes after mixed messages from the government on what they believe Brits wanting to fight abroad should do.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss previously said she would back anyone who wants to travel east and take up arms, but defence secretary Ben Wallace has countered and declared that only those with combat experience should go.

Dad-of-two Harvey served three years in the army when he joined nearly 34 years ago and did not see any active combat, but is determined to go to Ukraine.

Harvey has said he is appealing for help once he gets to Ukraine as he is not entirely sure on where he needs to go or where to get a weapon.

His 29-year-old wife, Georgia Hunt, said she backs his plans as he is doing it for the right reasons, but she is still worried.

She said: "It's scary but I understand why he wants to go, and every part of me supports him in that.

"All the kids and women and people that are dying – it's quite upsetting. If he can help in some sort of way, I would support him."

A number of Brits, both veterans and volunteers without military training, have said they would help take on Russia.

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