Translated by Ollie Richardson
The American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jeff Monson, who took up Russian citizenship, during a visit to the advanced positions of the People’s militia near Shchastya became a witness of the latest shelling of the territory of the Republic by the UAF. As the official representative of People’s militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko accompanying the American athlete explained, the Ukrainian military opened fire from the direction of Shchastya at the neighborhood of the settlement the Metalist.
“I take very big pride in those people who stand up for us. Also to me it is very sad because I see all this destruction, and even now we can hear all these shots,” noted Monson noted.
“Both yesterday, and today, when I talked to soldiers and people, all of them say the same thing – ‘we just want peace’,” he added.
“All the world, as well as the USA, has forgotten about this conflict, but I haven’t forgotten. I want to say to you many thanks. You provide defence, as well as for me, and all the citizens in Donetsk and Lugansk,” said Monson.
He has noted that he heard volleys from territory under the control Ukraine and saw the approximate direction from where the Ukrainian shells flew.
“I saw a white spot where soldiers were sitting and correcting fire,” he added.
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