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‘I have never felt so fulfilled as a man’: British soldier nicknamed Rambo who has been airlifted home from Ukraine after being shot multiple times and hit by artillery blasts has vowed to RETURN to the front lines

  • Shareef Amin, nicknamed Rambo, survived being shot and blown up by artillery
  • The British solider, who served nine years in The Rifles, went to fight in Ukraine 
  • Despite suffering injuries to every limb, Amin said he would do it all over again 
  • He says the war in Ukraine is a ‘war for the whole world’ and he will return soon 

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A British soldier nicknamed Rambo, who fought alongside Ukrainians and survived being shot multiple times by Russian forces and blown up by artillery fire, has vowed to return to the front line.

Shareef Amin, 40, who served nine years in Britain’s 1st Battalion ‘The Rifles’ including two tours of Afghanistan, suffered injuries to every limb but insists he would ‘do it all again in a heartbeat’.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Amin said he is looking forward to returning to Ukraine, where his fiancee is from, to continue defending it.

Amin, from Bristol, was wounded in October on a reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines and spent three months in hospital.

British soldier Shareef Amin, nicknamed Rambo, who went to fight for Ukraine and survived being shot multiple times by Russian forces and blown up by artillery fire, is to be airlifted home to be 'rebuilt'

British soldier Shareef Amin, nicknamed Rambo, who went to fight for Ukraine and survived being shot multiple times by Russian forces and blown up by artillery fire, is to be airlifted home to be ‘rebuilt’

Amin, 40, who served nine years in Britain's 1st Battalion 'The Rifles' including two tours of Afghanistan, suffered injuries to every limb but insists he would 'do it all again in a heartbeat'

Amin, 40, who served nine years in Britain’s 1st Battalion ‘The Rifles’ including two tours of Afghanistan, suffered injuries to every limb but insists he would ‘do it all again in a heartbeat’

Although feeling ‘sluggish’ due to being on pain medications, Amin said: ‘I have never felt so fulfilled as a man, and as a human being, as I do now after fighting for Ukraine and serving Ukraine’s people in aid and knowledge.

‘The one thing that is keeping me motivated and positive after what has happened is the knowledge that I get to go back and serve the country I love.

‘This war is not just Ukraine’s war, it’s a war for the whole world.’

He is now to be airlifted back to the UK and admitted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for NHS reconstruction surgery, according to The Sun.

He told the paper that surgeons are ‘going all out’ to ‘rebuild’ his body following his injuries. 

‘They’re going to rebuild one of my thumbs out of one of my toes, remove an artery from a leg to replace one under my forearm,’ he said. 

Doctors will also rebuild his shoulder and improve the mobility in his right leg.

‘I’ll go from Rambo to Robocop,’ Amin added. 

The British solider plans to return to Ukraine to help fight once he is ‘up and running’.

He said: ‘Despite what’s happened I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.’

Ewen Cameron set up ReactAid in March and helped organise Amin’s flight home alongside Fiona Knight and Kay wolf with Ukraine Air Rescue.

He said: ‘We set about bringing vital supplies into Ukraine hospitals and to medics on the ground. We then moved into evacuations.

‘It’s an honour to be able to help Amin. We’ve evacuated hundreds of people to safer lands so far and supported thousands in country with medical and humanitarian aid.

‘We can only do this with the help of the public via donations.’

Amin, pictured with his fiancee Helen Vitvickaja, was wounded in October on a reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines and spent three months in hospital

Amin, pictured with his fiancee Helen Vitvickaja, was wounded in October on a reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines and spent three months in hospital

He is now to be airlifted back to the UK and admitted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for NHS reconstruction surgery

He is now to be airlifted back to the UK and admitted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for NHS reconstruction surgery

The name Rambo comes from Amin being compared to Sylvester Stallone’s character in the titular movie, as a result of his grit and perseverance. 

Amin and his unit were spotted by the Russians, shot at and then relentlessly shelled, leaving him with bullet wounds, punctures to both his lungs and shrapnel embedded in all four limbs. 

Despite suffering horrific injures, Amin was rescued by his comrades and has defied doctor’s expectations and started walking again – though he has lost most of the feeling in his right hand and foot.

Speaking from his hospital bed in November, Amin told how he had gone to Ukraine almost as soon as the war broke out in February and initially provided humanitarian support.

But as the fighting ramped up he began using the skills he had learned in the British military to train the Ukrainians, before eventually signing up as a soldier.

Amin and his unit were then attacked by Russian troops while patrolling the frontlines in October.

It comes after Ukraine’s foreign minister said the country aimed to hold a peace summit by the end of February.

Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine will do whatever it can to win the war in 2023 – adding diplomacy always plays an important role.

He suggested that a possible peace summit would take place at the United Nations with secretary-general Antonio Guterres as mediator of the talks.

Amin and his unit were spotted by the Russians, shot at and then relentlessly shelled, leaving him with bullet wounds, punctures to both his lungs and shrapnel embedded in all four limbs

Amin and his unit were spotted by the Russians, shot at and then relentlessly shelled, leaving him with bullet wounds, punctures to both his lungs and shrapnel embedded in all four limbs

Ukraine is aiming to hold a peace summit by the end of February, the Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said, December 26

Ukraine is aiming to hold a peace summit by the end of February, the Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said, December 26

The potential peace summit would take place a year after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February 2022. 

The Ukrainian foreign minister also downplayed comments by Russian authorities that they are ready for negotiations, despite a suggestion from Vladimir Putin that they were.

‘They regularly say that they are ready for negotiations, which is not true, because everything they do on the battlefield proves the opposite,’ said Mr Kuleba.

The Kremlin is currently pushing ahead in its assault on the Donetsk region, despite major losses on the battlefield in recent months, and has said it will fight until all its aims are achieved.

More than 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine and half of Russian tanks destroyed, with stockpiles of shells, missiles and ammunition also depleted.

Meanwhile, Kyiv has said it will not rest until every Russian soldier is ejected from all of its territory.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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