Ukrainian soldier says several Russian snipers failed to hit him even after he was wounded because 'they kind of sucked'

  • A Ukrainian sniper told 1843 magazine that he almost died in the battle of Mariupol last year.

  • The soldier, whose call sign is Lucky, said he was wounded in a Russian grenade attack.

  • Despite being wounded, Russian snipers were unable to hit him because they "sucked," he said.

A Ukrainian soldier said that several Russian snipers failed to hit him in battle even after he was wounded because "they kind of sucked."

In an interview with The Economist's 1843 magazine published last week, a 21-year-old Ukrainian sniper with the call sign Lucky said that he was able to escape death multiple times, including when he helped defend the port city of Mariupol in May 2022.

Lucky, who is a sniper in Ukraine's Rapid Operational Response Unit, told 1843 he almost lost his life in the months-long battle for Mariupol, which ended in a Russian victory.

Injured by a grenade attack one day, Lucky said he had to run past Russian snipers to get help but was not hit because "they kind of sucked."

Lucky said only his arm was wounded in the attack. But despite his good fortune, he said he lost many friends in the battle, including his sniper partner who was killed in front of him.

The bloody battle of Mariupol lasted from the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion last year until May 20, 2022.

It ended in a victory for Russia, and Lucky told 1843 that he believed almost 30,000 civilians were killed, though the United Nations said at the time it was just over 1,300 people. Mariupol is currently still under Russian occupation.

Lucky was forced to surrender and was sent to a prison camp in the Donetsk region where he was kept in a room with more than 600 people, the magazine reported.

He lost 20 kilograms after he was forced to sleep on the concrete floor and was given just a small cup of water each day. While many Ukrainian soldiers were tortured and beaten, Lucky said he escaped the worst of it.

"I guess I was lucky," he said.

After four months he was released in a prisoner exchange. Lucky said he wants to return to Mariupol and fight for its liberation. He said he thinks Ukrainian troops could reach the city this year.

"We have to go back and win this chapter, any way we can," he said. "I dream of vengeance."

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