A Quiet Homecoming

The first piece I wrote for SOFREP, way back on March 10th of this year, was about a Canadian Sniper that goes by the nickname of Wali. Wali went to Ukraine to put his considerable skills to use as part of the International Legion fighting against the Russians. Today, Wali is back home in Quebec. He must have exited the country quietly, he’s been back for over a month, and although I monitor the war quite closely, this is the first I hear of his departure.

Wali is now back home, unharmed, in Quebec, Canada. Image Credit: Olivier Jean, The Press

Shortly after returning home, Wali gave an interview to one of his local newspapers, La Presse. He told the reporter, “I’m lucky to still be alive; it really came close.”

During the interview, Wali gave details of his last mission in Ukraine. He was in the field with a Ukrainian unit partially composed of conscripts. It was early in the morning, and he had just taken up a position near a trench in an area that had been firing from Russian tanks. Shortly after, two conscripted soldiers came out from underneath their blankets to smoke cigarettes. You simply do not do that. It’s like holding up a big sign to the enemy that says, “Hey, over here!”. 

Wali said, “I told them not to expose themselves like that, but they weren’t listening to me.” Before long, what he described as “highly accurate” fire from a Russian tank was raining down on their position. “It exploded solid,” he said. “I saw the shrapnel go by like lasers. My body tensed up. I couldn’t hear anything; I immediately had a headache. It was really violent.”