Image ID 2HWRDEM Fighters from UK Scouser, Jacks and Ben Grant ready to depart towards the front line in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, Lviv train station 05032022 CREDIT REUTERS, Kai Pfaffenbach
Fighters from the UK identified as 'Scouser', 'Jacks' and 'Ben Grant', pictured in early March 2022 at the main train station in Lviv, ready to depart towards the frontline in Ukraine (Picture: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach).
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MP's son tells of 'scary' rescue of injured comrade in Ukraine

Former Royal Marine Ben Grant helped rescue a fellow British comrade who was injured in Ukraine.

Image ID 2HWRDEM Fighters from UK Scouser, Jacks and Ben Grant ready to depart towards the front line in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, Lviv train station 05032022 CREDIT REUTERS, Kai Pfaffenbach
Fighters from the UK identified as 'Scouser', 'Jacks' and 'Ben Grant', pictured in early March 2022 at the main train station in Lviv, ready to depart towards the frontline in Ukraine (Picture: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach).

An MP's son fighting in Ukraine has spoken of how he helped a fellow British volunteer fighter escape Russian fire after his leg was blown up by a mine.

Thirty-year-old Ben Grant helped drag his comrade to safety as mortars and artillery were fired towards them in woodland north of Kharkiv earlier in May, with the rescue filmed on a helmet-mounted camera.

The former Royal Marine, who is the son of Conservative MP Helen Grant, said he was "terrified" but focused on getting former Grenadier Guardsman Dean Arthur out of danger.

"What was so scary was being so limited by trying to carry someone, when I can't pull my weapon up, while there are attack helicopters overhead and tanks firing through the woods," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"It was unreal – I've never experienced anything like that in my life."

He added that trying to perform first aid in such circumstances was "just so difficult".

Mr Grant, an Afghanistan veteran who has been in Ukraine since March, told the newspaper that his foreign volunteer unit had been gearing up for an assault on a Russian-held target when they were spotted by drones and ambushed.

Mr Arthur knelt on a landmine "which has blown half of his leg off", Mr Grant said.

In the dramatic footage, Mr Grant can be heard shouting to his comrades: "We've got to move now or we're gonna die."

The team is seen carrying the injured comrade through the undergrowth before lying him down to tend to his wound and tighten his tourniquet as bullets fly over their heads.

Mr Arthur said it "was excruciating pain, with rounds incoming", but added that he was "lucky" to have escaped alive.

"This type of camaraderie is only forged in these situations. If the coin was flipped, it was one of those guys, I would have got them out," he said.

The former Grenadier Guardsman's leg was saved by doctors, and he is currently in a Kyiv hospital.

The Government has advised all Britons not to travel to Ukraine and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has warned British soldiers could be prosecuted for desertion if they head to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces.