Welshmen who went to Ukraine to help with the war effort are planning to return

A young man who quit his job to travel to Ukraine to help with the war effort plans to return to Russia despite two British prisoners sentenced to death.

Adam Draper recently returned from a month serving medical aid in Ukraine, where he helped treat horrific injuries and at one point traveled in a van that was hit by Russian gunfire. But the 23-year-old was also inspired by the bravery of the Ukrainians – and she is fundraising To return to the battlefield for up to a year for supplies before a flight the following month.

“I still feel like I haven’t done enough,” said Adam of Porth, Ronda. “My partner is absolutely fiery, but she’s been amazing and stood by me 100% even though she’s not happy with it. I know I’ll have huge regrets for the rest of my life if I don’t go back.”

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Adam resigned from his role selling gas and electricity in early April, about two weeks before he traveled to Ukraine for the first time. “I’ve always wanted to be in the military but three years ago I had a heart operation that stopped me. I’m having an extra electric current in my heart and it fluctuates constantly in my heartbeat, but it doesn’t work.” I don’t have any problem at this time.

“I always felt that every man had a duty. There was no doubt in my mind about moving to Ukraine. I am a fearless boy and I have got the skills to help people.”

He applied to the Ukrainian Foreign Legion but was told that only those with military experience would be accepted. Although Adam could not fight, he did not despair. He decided that he would provide medical aid by drawing on skills from a course on emergency care in hostile environments, which he took at the age of 18 at a teaching center in Shrewsbury.

Adam took a train to the Polish city of Lancet before flying from London to Krakow, where he joined a group of volunteers, two from the United States and two from Canada. One was marine, the other SWAT medicine. The group traveled by train to various locations in Ukraine, including Kyiv and Lviv, dropping more than 1,500 ice packs to Ukrainian soldiers.

Adam Draper to return to Ukraine in July
(Image credit: Adam Draper)
A Photo Taken By Adam In Mariupol
A photo taken by Adam Draper in Mariupol
(Image credit: Adam Draper)

Adam traveled to areas that had been flattened by the bombing, including the devastated city of Mariupol. He said he helped treat four or five casualties, including a man who lost part of an arm and a leg in a missile attack on a building next to the Lviv train station. “There was another man dead, and there was a woman who had not been scratched,” said Adam. “I remember she was screaming and crying. One of the Americans could translate Ukrainian, and it turned out she thought her daughter had died in the strike. But later that day we were there when He found out that his daughter was not in the building and they reunited. It was a powerful thing to see, just pure love.

“When the lady thought her daughter was dead, she still wanted to help us with the gentleman who had lost his limb. I grew up in care so I never really had family love, but I Couldn’t imagine being so strong if I lost my partner You rarely see in people, and it really inspired me.

“As far as I know, the person who lost his hand survived. You see things on TV and think how it happens, but in reality it’s all so different. He was awake, he screamed. Or wasn’t panicking. It’s hard to see those injuries, but you switch on and do what you can to help. We put on a tourniquet and to give me some medical training in another area Had to leave.”

Adam said he helped provide medical training to about 100 soldiers, 20 doctors and nurses, and 15 civilians. “We were teaching them how to deal with a large hemorrhage. The doctors and nurses didn’t really know how to put on a tourniquet in that situation, just how to clean and sew up wounds. Everyone’s so much for our advice. was grateful.”

There was a moment of alarm during training, when Adam tied a tourniquet around the arm of a Cardiff volunteer, who then collapsed on display. Adam said: “It stopped the flow of blood and he went into a seizure when everyone was watching. We put him in a state of recovery, and I know it sounds awful to say but it’s a show.” It was a good training method for how do you deal with someone in shock. He was taken to the hospital and he was fine.”

Adam Draper, Right, And Fellow Volunteer During His Time In Ukraine
Adam Draper, right, and a fellow volunteer during his time in Ukraine
(Image credit: Adam Draper)

Adam’s building was sometimes shaken by bombs falling nearby, but his residence was never hurt. After about a month in Ukraine, he ran out of cash and had to return. “I went there with about £100, and I got about three weeks because everything is really cheap, then my partner’s family lent me £200 to get me back.”

Traveling towards the Polish border at night in a white Red Cross van, Adam and his group were hit by Russian gunfire. He said that about five to 10 rounds of firing were done, due to which the panes of the van were broken.

“The man who was driving put his foot on the pedal,” said Adam. “We were all fine. It’s crazy to be in that situation. I was scared but I was constantly aware of what was happening around me. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about myself. I was thinking, ‘What people are you okay?’ I am there for others more than myself.”

The van arrived in Lancet and Adam traveled home, but he booked a flight back for 11 July and plans to spend six months to a year in Ukraine. Amazed by the positivity of his people, he said: “They pulled together to help each other. The taxi drivers would be smiling at you, everyone was friendly and grateful that we were there. They constantly take our picture.” wanted. Some speak English, and they want to give you a cwtch.”

The UK government has advised against travel to Ukraine. Britain’s Aiden Aslin and Sean Piner, caught fighting for Ukraine, were sentenced to death last week by a Russian proxy court in eastern Ukraine. Has this caused Adam to worry about his own safety? “Volunteers like me are at the back of the front line. We’re not constantly shelling. I know being in Ukraine is a risk, but I can’t stop it from helping hundreds of people. If everyone thinks so, someone Wouldn’t be there and Ukraine would have fallen.”

Adam is targeting a £10,000 fundraising for supplies such as syringes, stretchers and gas masks to bring to Ukraine. His friends at the Yusif Barber Shop in Porth are helping out with a charity box in the shop. you can see adam gofundme page here,

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