The shooter, 40, known as ‘Wally’, leaves behind a wife and child to join the war


One of the most fearsome snipers in the world is set to join the fight in Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelinsky’s call for foreign volunteers to help defeat the Russian invaders.

Known only by the nickname ‘Wally’, the shooter hails from the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment and has previous combat experience at the Kandahar Theater during the Afghanistan war between 2009 and 2011.

After 40 years, he took it upon himself to travel to Iraq in 2015 to help fight the Islamic State forces.

In June 2017, it was reported that one of his comrades shot and killed an Islamic State terrorist more than two miles from an incredible distance of 3,450m.

It has been widely reported that a Royal Canadian 22nd member used a McMillan Tac-50 rifle to fatally shoot an Islamic State terrorist more than two miles away in 2017 – the ‘world-record’ for the longest kill shot to date.

On Saturday, Ukraine’s protest president, Volodimir Zelensky, appealed to members of the international armed forces to fly to Eastern Europe and join the war effort.

Wally, who left his wife and one-year-old son, was approached by a friend who was helping to arrange ‘neutral humanitarian escorts’ in the occupied Donbas region in southeastern Ukraine.

He described the moment he answered the call to join the Ukrainian Volunteer Forces as ‘a firefighter listening to the alarm ringing’.

The 40-year-old Canadian sniper, known only as 'Wally' (above), is ready to join the fight in Ukraine after he answers President Volodimir Zelensky's call for foreign volunteers to help defeat the Russian invaders.

The 40-year-old Canadian sniper, known only as ‘Wally’ (above), is ready to join the fight in Ukraine after he answers President Volodimir Zelensky’s call for foreign volunteers to help defeat the Russian invaders.

Known only by the nickname 'Wally', the shooter hails from the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment and has previous combat experience in the Kandahar Theater between 2009 and 2011 during the Afghanistan war.  Pictured above in Afghanistan in 2009

Known only by the nickname ‘Wally’, the shooter hails from the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment and has previous combat experience in the Kandahar Theater between 2009 and 2011 during the Afghanistan war. Pictured above in Afghanistan in 2009

After arriving in Ukraine with three former Canadian soldiers on Friday, March 4, the 'Wally' (pictured at right) is met with hugs and handshakes from the local population.

After arriving in Ukraine with three former Canadian soldiers on Friday, March 4, the ‘Wally’ (pictured at right) is met with hugs and handshakes from the local population.

Just last week, Wally was working as a computer programmer in Canada.

Now, they are preparing to fight Russian forces from a remote location in Ukraine, more than 4,800 miles away.

‘A week ago I was still doing programming stuff. “Now I’m holding anti-tank missiles in the warehouse to kill people … that’s my reality,” he told CBC News.

More than 20,000 people from 52 countries have already volunteered to repel the Russian invaders in Ukraine, where they will serve in the newly created international army, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba said over the weekend.

Just last week, Wally was working as a computer programmer in Canada.  Now he leaves his wife and baby son, celebrating his first birthday without him next week

Just last week, Wally was working as a computer programmer in Canada. Now he leaves his wife and baby son, celebrating his first birthday without him next week

He said: ‘I know it’s just awful, but in my head, when I look at pictures of the devastation in Ukraine, I see my son, who is in danger and who is suffering.

His identity is protected for security reasons.

On Saturday, Ukraine's protest president, Volodimir Zelensky, appealed to members of the international armed forces to fly to Eastern Europe and join the war effort.  Picture: Sniper shot in the Zaprozizia region of Ukraine on February 18

On Saturday, Ukraine’s protest president, Volodimir Zelensky, appealed to members of the international armed forces to fly to Eastern Europe and join the war effort. Picture: Sniper shot in the Zaprozizia region of Ukraine on February 18

More than 20,000 people from 52 countries have already volunteered to repel the Russian invaders in Ukraine, where they serve in the newly created international army.  In the picture, members of Ukraine's international army, joined by volunteers from the US, UK, Sweden, Lithuania and Mexico

More than 20,000 people from 52 countries have already volunteered to repel the Russian invaders in Ukraine, where they serve in the newly created international army. In the picture, members of Ukraine’s international army, joined by volunteers from the US, UK, Sweden, Lithuania and Mexico

In the photo, volunteers from Portugal and Brazil in Ukraine's army exhausted after Putin's invasion

In the photo, volunteers from Portugal and Brazil in Ukraine’s army exhausted after Putin’s invasion

After arriving in Ukraine with former Canadian soldiers on Friday, March 4, ‘Wally’ was met by local residents with hugs and handshakes.

But Wally, who wandered deep into the heart of Ukraine and witnessed the destruction of Russian invaders and artillery, said he was forced to act.

He told CBC News: ‘I want to help him. It’s simple.

‘When I see a ruined building, I see a man who sees his owner, his pension fund, going up in smoke.

“I need to help because people here are bombing that they want to be European and not Russian.

I am going there for humanitarian reasons.

A group of volunteer veterans are currently seeking refuge in an abandoned home and plans to connect with the Ukrainian defense forces soon.

Ukraine plans to deploy a reserve unit of about 10,000 trained officers and more than 120,000 volunteers to repel the Russian invaders.

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