Ukrainian heroes hoist the Union Jack in thanks for supporting Britain in the war

The heroic defenders of UKRAINE hoisted a Union Jack at a checkpoint to show their gratitude for Britain’s unwavering support in their war.

Volunteers hoisted the red, white, and blue alongside their own national flag as the Britain has pledged money, arms and sanctions to ensure that “Putin must fail”.

Boris Johnson and President Zelenskyy walk in the center of Kyiv


Boris Johnson and President Zelenskyy walk in the center of KyivPhoto credit: AFP
The heroic defenders of Ukraine hoisted a Union Jack at a checkpoint in gratitude


The heroic defenders of Ukraine hoisted a Union Jack at a checkpoint in gratitudeCredit: Peter Jordan
Volunteers flew the Union Jack as Britain pledged money, arms and sanctions to ensure'Putin must fail'.


Volunteers flew the Union Jack as Britain pledged money, arms and sanctions to ensure ‘Putin must fail’.Credit: Peter Jordan

Andrei Potybenko, a civil defense volunteer, said they raised the flags at their checkpoint location on the first day of the war because “Britain is our best friend.”

“God save the queen,” he added.

Since then, British missiles have helped Armed Forces of Ukraine Destroy hundreds of Russian tanks and heavy armored vehicles.

The sun saw huge bombed out tanks – many with turrets down – littering streets and towns Putin’s attack failed.

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Russian soldier arrested after filming himself raping a baby in Ukraine

Russian troops forced to withdraw from the entire Northern Front after entire units were wiped out by fierce Ukrainian resistance.

But the devastation that follows them seems endless.

Homes, shops and offices were blown up and thousands of civilians killed.

An avalanche of war crimes charges – including horrific rapes and murders – have prompted calls for Vladimir Putin to be put on trial.

In the town of Trostyanets, which had been under Russian occupation for a month, the central square was reduced to rubble, with burned or abandoned Russian armor on almost every corner.

Near the center of the plaza stood the hull of a self-propelled howitzer – a tracked artillery piece – with a 152mm gun capable of firing up to 16 miles.

In the corner closest to the station stood a T-80 tank, while the twisted wreckage of a BMP fighting vehicle was barely recognizable next to a row of blown-up shops.

As The Sun waded through the destruction, shopkeeper Marina, 35, came out to salvage what she could from the rubble of her hardware store.

Everything worth carrying — a few boxes of dusty hair dye and some cleaning supplies — fits into a single white tote bag.

“I feel like I’ve lost half of me,” she said sadly.

Troops established a base in the station and slept in its basement nearby, where medics set up a small field hospital. Snipers took up positions in its roof.

“It was a nightmare,” said Ihor Shabelnik, a local businessman.

“My home is 250 meters from the train station and we were so scared of the snipers that we only smoked behind the house when we came out.”

On the road to Okhtyrka, 12 miles south, Ukrainian Forces had blown up a bridge to stop the Russian advance.

Cars now cross the river on a combat assault pontoon erected by Ukrainian forces.

Across the river, a row of bombed-out restaurants sat next to a 20-foot-wide crater.

Ludmyla Petrova, a mother of two who worked at a gas station in Okhtyrka, told her aunt Russia refused to believe the stories of death and destruction.

“It’s like they have drugs on their TV,” Ludmyla said.


“People in Russia have lost their minds. My mom called my aunt and said, ‘You know, about this special operation [what Putin calls the war] my daughter could have been killed?’.

“But she just said, ‘She’s still alive, so there’s nothing to worry about.’

“Relatives don’t even trust relatives. They just trust the TV.”

Back in Trostyanets, a woman crossing the square with her daughter shouted: “Is this a fake? Look at that. Tell the Russians!”

In the morgue of Trostyanets Hospital lay the bodies of three Russian soldiers and a fourth body, so badly burned that medics can’t yet identify it.

One of the soldiers had been shot through the star and sickle in the center of his brass belt buckle.

Britain sent about 6,000 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles and kamikaze drones.

On Saturday in a surprise trip to Kyiv, Boris Johnson announced 120 additional armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles to defend the Black Sea coast.

“Boris Johnson is a good guy,” said Alexander Bortnyk, a civil defense volunteer.

“You have to be brave and a bit crazy to come to Kyiv.

“He’s leading the way and urging other countries to help us, even though he knows the sanctions could hurt Britain. We’re thankful.”

And it’s not just them British government help Ukraine.

At an elegant city center restaurant turned makeshift warehouse, Tetiana Holub said big-hearted Britons had donated hundreds of pairs of boots, uniforms, headlamps, knee pads, gloves, armor and medicines.

“Our biggest help came from the UK,” she said. “We will be on our own, whatever happens.

“But the more help we get now, the faster we will win and the fewer people will suffer.”

Sunman Jerome Starkey in a huge bomb crater in Okhtyrka


Sunman Jerome Starkey in a huge bomb crater in OkhtyrkaPhoto credit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
Our man Jerome Starkey and a wrecked Russian tank


Our man Jerome Starkey and a wrecked Russian tankCredit: Peter Jordan

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