Notorious sniper in Ukraine compares fight to WW1 and says ‘losses are high’

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A Canadian expert sniper who goes by the nom-de-guerre 'Wali' and who left his wife and young child to join the resistance in Ukraine has compared their war with Russia to WW1.

Wali, which means "protector" or "guardian" in Arabic, is a veteran of Canada's Afghanistan campaign in Kandahar province.

In March, he left Canada after Kyiv announced it had created an "international legion" for foreign volunteers to join and fight against Vladimir Putin's invasion.

In his latest blog post, he wrote about his time serving in the war-torn country and shared the brutal realities of war, saying that "losses are high" and even comparing the conflict to WW1, which took place from July 1914 to November 1918.

He added: "Where is the situation of the war: the Russians do not advance and are even pushed back in certain places. The Ukrainians are having difficulty retaking the territories," he wrote.

"The front is therefore rather stable, but the losses are high. In short, we could compare this to the First World War."

The veteran, who recently spoke about the immense level of "stress" soldiers are under, expanded on his WW1 point, saying "we must prepare for a long war of attrition."

Wali wrote: "During World War I, the Germans quickly took over part of northeastern France. The situation then stabilized. The front has not moved for years. Each side was trying to unblock the situation by launching huge offensive operations.

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"Hence the battles of Verdun, La Somme, etc. In this war, the losses will obviously be lower than in the First World War. Still, we will get the impression that things don't change that much, despite the high losses.

"In my opinion, we must prepare for a long war of attrition. This is the worst case scenario, apart from a defeat."

In another blog post Wali wrote about the "greatest Russian defeat in decades," namely their recent withdrawal from Kyiv.

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"The battle for Kyiv ended in victory. It is the greatest Russian defeat in decades," he wrote.

"I am not in Kyiv anymore. We are already positioned to hit the next Russian reinforcements. We have heavy equipment able to pulverize Russian armor.

"Russians are afraid of Ukrainians. As soon as clashes become serious, they abandon their vehicles and run away. We are making jokes about this, pretending that Russian reinforcements are in fact supply convoys for the Ukrainian army."

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