A US Army veteran who joined the fight in Ukraine has pleaded with the world's military powers to "give us some f****** weapons please."
Former US Army staff sergeant James Vasquez, 47, from Connecticut arrived in Ukraine earlier this month to fight against Vladimir Putin's Russian invaders.
But he has bemoaned the state of the weaponry that his unit has had to put up with, saying in a now deleted tweet that "we will not win with trash weapons."
"Give us some f****** weapons please. We will not win with trash weapons. We need m-16’s M-4’s, ACOG’s, red dots, ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, javelins, f****** old AT-4s I know are probably in some storage unit.
"Frag grenades, and if not… may as well bring Body bags," the full tweet read.
After arriving in Warsaw on March 14, Mr Vasquez joined up with the Foreign Legion and appears to have been in the thick of the fighting ever since.
Earlier this month he claimed that Russian soldiers had been abandoning their dead to the mercy of wild dogs.
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He said: "Russians refuse to take their dead. Their fallen soldiers are left to be eaten by stray dogs.
"Another example of pieces of s****. Americans would never leave a man or corpse behind."
Vasquez, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, is the father of four adult children, with two sons and two step-sons.
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His wife Tina told DailyMail.com that the horror scenes on the news at home inspired her husband to join the fight.
"It's in his DNA, and he approached me, came to me after work, and said, 'We need to talk, I can't watch this on TV, I need to go help these guys,'" she said.
"Go ahead, just make sure you come home," Tina recalls her reply. "This is what he needs to do, and I need to support him."
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