US Army veteran who joined Ukraine battle pleads for West to send more military equipment

A US veteran who quit his job as a home improvement contractor in Connecticut to fight in Ukraine has pleaded for more weapons from the West.

James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine last month and is fighting shoulder to shoulder with the country’s military against invading Russian forces – while posting agonizing updates on Twitter.

However, the former US Army Staff Sergeant took to social media on Friday to share a video explaining that he had modified his own AK-47 and lacked military equipment, “entering the combat” with only three ammo clips and a grenade.

James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine last month and is fighting shoulder to shoulder with the country’s military against invading Russian forces – while posting agonizing updates on Twitter

Vasquez captioned the post: “Give us f*****g guns please.” We will not win with junk weapons.

“We need m-16s, M-4s, ACOG, red dots, ammo, ammo, ammo, javelins, f*****g old AT-4s I know they’re probably in a storage unit. Frag grenades, and if not… might as well bring body bags.

In the video, Vasquez says, “This is really a cry for help,” before showing off his AK-47 and describing the modifications he made out of his own pocket that the Ukrainian government didn’t provide. than a “naked” weapon.

He continues: “They expect me to go into battle with just my drones, AK-47s and a grenade and nothing else.

However, the former US Army Staff Sergeant took to social media on Friday to share a video explaining that he had modified his own AK-47 and lacked military equipment,

However, the former US Army Staff Sergeant took to social media on Friday to share a video explaining that he had modified his own AK-47 and lacked military equipment, “surrendering in combat” with only three ammunition clips and a grenade.

Vasquez is seen with his wife Tina at their Connecticut home just before leaving on a trip to fight alongside the Ukrainian army against the Russian invasion

Vasquez is seen with his wife Tina at their Connecticut home just before leaving on a trip to fight alongside the Ukrainian army against the Russian invasion

“I don’t know where all these weapons are supposed to come from or all the rest of our governments.

“I haven’t seen anything that I can really use, that I know I can use reliably. Please f*****g help and stop saying you’re sending shit and actually send it .

Vasquez has completed two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and is the father of four adult children, with two sons and two stepsons, his wife Tina told DailyMail.com.

He faced fierce fighting in an undisclosed part of Ukraine, but Tina says she was supportive of his decision to join the fight from the start.

“It’s in his DNA, and he approached me, came up to me after work and said, ‘We need to talk, I can’t watch this on TV, I need to go help these guys’ , she said.

In the video, Vasquez says:

In the video, Vasquez says, “This is really a cry for help,” before showing off his AK-47 and describing the modifications he made out of his own pocket that the Ukrainian government didn’t provide. than a “bare” weapon.

“Go ahead, just make sure you get home,” Tina recalled of her response. “That’s what he has to do, and I have to support him.”

The couple, who have been married for seven years, live in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Tina admits it has sometimes been stressful knowing her husband is in danger as Putin’s forces continue their bloody assault.

“It’s been a struggle for me, worrying every day,” she said. “He tries to call me when he can, but sometimes he can’t and my mind gets a little worried.”

But, she added: “I’m super proud of my husband, he’s my hero and he met a lot of great people in Ukraine.”

He keeps on:

He continues: “They expect me to go into battle with just my drones, AK-47s and a grenade and nothing else”

“I haven’t seen anything that I can really use, that I know I can use reliably. Please f*****g help and stop saying you’re sending shit and actually send it ‘

Vasquez recently posted a video showing the remains of a decimated Russian tank in an undisclosed location, after clearing a village of Russian occupation.

“This village has been occupied by the Russians for a month, they terrorized the people and took their food. Today we walked in, took out seven tanks and countless Russians, freeing these people, Vasquez wrote on Twitter.

The official account of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shared the video and praised the work of the country’s International Legion, which is made up of volunteers from other countries, mostly military veterans, who volunteered to join the fight.

Vasquez recently posted a video showing the remains of a decimated Russian tank in an undisclosed location, after clearing a village of Russian occupation

Vasquez recently posted a video showing the remains of a decimated Russian tank in an undisclosed location, after clearing a village of Russian occupation

Vasquez recently posted a video showing the remains of a decimated Russian tank in an undisclosed location, after clearing a village of Russian occupation

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