US Army veteran now student at NY Film Academy ready to fight for Ukraine

A US Army veteran and New York Film Academy drama student announced Wednesday that he has taken up arms against the Russians in his native Ukraine – and is ready to die fighting.

“I’m not afraid of death. … I think I’m ready,” said Miro Popovich, who served as a US Army mortar in Afghanistan during his nearly four-year tenure. to CNN from his car in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

“I’m willing to make that sacrifice,” he said.

After an honorable discharge from the US military, the 32-year-old decided to attempt a complete lifestyle change by studying acting at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus.

“After my release, I never thought I’d see the war again… and now I’m doing the same thing here again,” he told CNN.

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A map of Russian attacks in Ukraine as of Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
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Miro Popovich served in Afghanistan and says he is not afraid of death.
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Miro Popovich says he never thought he would ever see war again but feels compelled to defend his home now that it is under attack.

“But this time it’s my home — they’re invading my home, so I have to do that,” he said. “We have to defend it, and we will do anything – anything to stop it.”

Popovich Rolling Stone had said Magazine that he came to the United States at the age of 19 after winning a green card lottery. He was already in Kyiv, where his parents still live, when Russian troops invaded.

He immediately decided to use his combat experience to support his homeland’s efforts, although – as he jokes with his new comrades – he “could have been in Santa Monica, [Calif.]drink smoothies.”

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Ever since he joined the cause against the Russians, Popovich Instagram photos posted of himself posing with heavy weapons – as well as holding a mug of reading, “FK U Putin.”

“The message is loud and clear,” Popovich wrote in his Instagram post.

He said he was “ready to fight” and expects a full-scale attack on Kyivthe city “where I went to school, where I had my first kiss, my first love.”

“I think pretty soon [the Russians are] Circle Kyiv and try to get inside. And then we’ll come and do our thing,” he told CNN.

“It’s going to be really difficult for them. Kyiv is a very big city and we have the advantage of being our city – we know every single street here, every single building. … Everything will be against them.

“It’s going to be like a dogfight… We’re going to give them hell, I promise you,” he said.

“We fight for our freedom.

“We will fight to the end. Whatever happens in the end, we will fight until this moment.”

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Miro Popovich says he expects full attack on Kyiv.
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