Published: 28/02/2022- 11:50
Updated: 28/02/2022- 11:51
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A British man says he’s “prepared to die” to help defend Ukraine from an ongoing Russian invasion.
Antony Zamparelli, a 56-year-old father of seven, was in the process of applying for a job as a bus driver with National Express.
But after seeing what’s happening in Ukraine, he has decided he wants to join the country’s army.
The ex-military man who is combat trained, believes the only way the war will be solved is if people step up and help in the fight.
Antony spoke to GB News' Paul Hawkins after knocking on the door of the Ukrainian Embassy.
He said: “I think the Western governments are in a bit of a bind at the moment, the underlying threats of a nuclear war.
"Their hands are tied and it's down to the individual to do something about it.
“My wife and children aren’t too happy about it but I think it’s something I need to do. A lot of people are suffering at the moment, I’ve got military experience.
“They’ve got boots to the ground and I think that’s what we need. The people that have got military experience or even if they haven’t and they’re willing to fight for freedom they should go out there."
When asked whether he was prepared to die, Mr Zamparelli said: “Well yes obviously, if I’m going to war. Obviously, I don’t want to die but you can’t think of those sort of things when you’re going into those situations. If you believe in something you should go and do it.”
Mr Zamparelli was given a contact number by the Ukrainian Embassy, who will give him more details.
His comments come after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she would support any British citizens who wanted to join the fight.
"The people of Ukraine are fighting for freedom and democracy, not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe," she told the BBC's Sunday Morning programme.
“Absolutely, if people want to support that struggle I would support them in doing that."