A son of a Tory MP fights in Ukraine has told about how he helped a fellow British hunter escape from a Russian ambush after his leg was inflated by a mine.
Ben Grant, 30, helped drag his comrade to safety when mortars and artillery were fired at her earlier this month in a forest north of Kharkiv.
The intense struggle and dramatic rescue was filmed on a helmet-mounted camera.
The former Royal Marine, who is the son of conservative MP Helen Grant, said he was “scared” but focused on getting his comrade out of danger after he knelt on landmines that “the half inflated his leg ‘.
In the footage shared with the Telegraph, Ben is heard shouting, ‘We have to move now or we’ll die!’ as he and comrades dragged former Grenadier Guardsman Dean Arthur to safety.
The volunteer group managed to carry Dean through the cripple before treating his wound with a tourniquet and dressing when bullets flew over her head.
Under constant fire, the soldiers then desperately tried to encourage Dean to run by shouting, ‘Come on Dean! Last, Continue! ‘
‘What was so scary was so limited by trying to carry one, when I could not pull my weapon up while there were attack helicopters upstairs and tanks shooting through the woods,’ ‘ Ben told the Telegraph.
‘It was unreal – I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life.
‘Try to do this [first aid] in the middle of the fire, while shooting Russians all over us and around us is just as difficult ‘.
Ben, a veteran of Afghanistan who has been in Ukraine since March, said the fighting he had seen in Ukraine had been worse than what he had experienced before.
He told the newspaper that his foreign volunteer unit had collaborated with them for an attack on a Russian-held target when they were tracked down by drones and in an ambush.
“I think we should have been seen by drones beforehand and they had drawn their lines … so when we went in the massive firefight broke out,” Ben said.
Dean, 42, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said: ‘It was amazing pain, with laps coming in’.
He added that he was ‘happy’ to escape life.
‘This kind of camaraderie is only forged in these situations. If the coin had been turned over, it would have been one of those boys, I would have taken it out. ‘
Dean’s leg was rescued by doctors, and he is in hospital in Kiev where he said his injury is ‘no cure’.
The government has advised Britons to travel to Ukraine and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that British troops could be prosecuted for desertion if they go to Ukraine to fight Russian troops.
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MP's son fighting in Ukraine rescues comrade from Russian ambush
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