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An Update From Zach England In Ukraine

KAWARTHA LAKES-The air raid sirens wail day and night according to Zach England.

“The last few days it’s calmed a bit but there are missile attacks every day and night” England told Kawartha 411 from Ukraine.


England is from Little Britain and left to volunteer on the front lines in Ukraine on March 4th, travelling from Edmonton to Toronto and then on to Ukraine through Poland. Read more about that here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2022/03/04/little-britain-man-heading-to-the-front-lines-in-ukraine/

“I’m proud to be here doing my part with people from all over the world. Brits,
Scots, American, Latvian, Danish, literally from all over, all here standing up to Russia.” England says “It’s scary sometimes because if were captured they don’t have to take you prisoner and you don’t fall under the Geneva Convention. They will just shoot you or worse. That’s the added risk you take coming here as a volunteer but this is a war zone.”

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th. Ukrainian officials say deaths and injuries are mounting. Canada, The US, UK, Germany and others have implemented harsh financial sanctions on Russia. Some have provided weapons but so far no other country has officially provided troops or aircraft etc.

Odessa when England first arrived with defences in place along the road. It has since suffered heavy bombardment.

When England first arrived in Ukraine he was in Odessa on the front lines, now he says he’s more north with a group of volunteers.

“I was on the front, now I’m an acting combat medic because of my firefighter and medical training. Basically just holding still to see what front the Russians counterattack will be on. I will either be heading to Kyiv or back to Odessa area.”
He says fresh food is hard to come by but there is still lots of canned food left. The day we caught up with him he was having a lunch of tuna with mustard. He buys his own food.
England eating Tuna
There are still a lot of refugees heading to the border according to England but many others are staying put.
“Some people have left, some have stayed trying to live their daily lives. They are a strong people.”
With that, the air raid sirens wailed again and England had to take cover in an underground bunker.  He later notified us the sirens had silenced and he was safe-for now.
England is taking etransfer donations for food and medical supplies at [email protected]


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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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