The warning from this veteran who went to Ukraine

A former soldier who was embedded with fighters in the resistance effort in Ukraine is advising anyone in the UK thinking of joining the conflict to consider it carefully.

Martin Dunwoody – who served with the Fusiliers – stayed on in an advisory role with forces after delivering aid to the country.

Mr Dunwoody has warned anyone considering joining up that they must be ready for the reality of war and says some are going into battle woefully underprepared.

Government advice continues to warn UK nationals against travelling to Ukraine.

The former Fusilier, who travelled initially for "purely humanitarian" reasons, emphasised that in Ukraine "the reality is far from what you will see on the TV".

He said: "When you're in a bunker, freezing cold, you're unarmed, so if the Russians came and assaulted that position, what would you do?

"This is reality, this is not what you see in the movies."

Mr Dunwoody added: "This is not what you'll have experienced in Iraq or Afghanistan.

"This is a completely different role, a different environment."

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