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Notorious sniper in Ukraine compares battle to WW1 Battle of the Somme with ‘heavy casualties’

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In his latest blog post, “Wali” wrote about his time in the war-torn country and shared the brutal realities of the war, saying that “casualties are heavy” and even comparing the conflict to World War I

A Canadian sniper, nicknamed “Wali”, who left his wife and young child to join the resistance in Ukraine, has compared their war with Russia to World War I.

Wali, meaning “protector” or “guardian” in Arabic, is a veteran of Canada’s Afghanistan campaign in Kandahar province.

He left Canada in March after Kyiv announced it had created an “international legion” for foreign volunteers to join and fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

In his most recent blog post, he wrote about his time in the war-torn country and shared the brutal realities of war, saying that “casualties are heavy” and even comparing the conflict to World War I, which took place from July 1914 to November 1918 .

He added: “Where is the state of the war: the Russians are not advancing and in some places are even being pushed back. Ukrainians are having difficulty retaking the territories,” he wrote.

“So the front is pretty stable, but casualties are high. In short, we could compare it to the First World War.”

The veteran, who recently spoke about the immense level of “stress” soldiers are under, expanded his take on World War I, saying, “We must prepare for a long war of attrition.”

Wali wrote: “During the First World War, the Germans quickly took over part of north-eastern France. The situation then stabilized. The front hasn’t moved in years. Each side tried to resolve the situation by launching huge offensive operations.

“Hence the battles of Verdun, La Somme, etc. In this war, of course, the casualties will be less than in the First World War. Nevertheless, we will get the impression that things are not changing that much despite the heavy losses.

“In my opinion, we have to be prepared for a long war of attrition. That is the worst-case scenario, barring a defeat.”

In another blog post, Vali wrote about the “biggest Russian defeat in decades,” namely their recent retreat from Kyiv.

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“The battle for Kyiv ended in victory. It is the biggest Russian defeat in decades,” he wrote.

“I’m not in Kyiv anymore. We’re already in position to meet the next Russian reinforcements. We have heavy equipment capable of pulverizing Russian armor.

“The Russians are afraid of the Ukrainians. As soon as there are serious clashes, they leave their vehicles and run away. We joke about it and pretend that Russian reinforcements are supply convoys for the Ukrainian army.”

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