In his first interview, Canadian Armed Forces veteran Stephan Adams speaks with Canadian Affairs about his time as a volunteer soldier in Ukraine. He saw heavy combat in Donetsk Oblast, working as a sniper on a reconnaissance unit. He had many near-death experiences, participated in fierce firefights and won a medal for his service.
Before volunteering in Ukraine, Adams spent a decade in the Canadian navy, including working as a sharpshooter in the Naval Tactical Operations Group. When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, 2022, he dropped everything to join Ukraine’s international legion.
Fin DePencier: What was going through your head when Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022?
Stephan Adams: I had all that training that I never used… They put a lot of money and a lot of training into me… They specifically said you will never ever ever use your training. Canada won’t risk their people. They don’t want us in the papers.
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