By Christopher Moore, APA war correspondent
One man kept crying out for his phone and gesturing. I didn’t really understand what he wanted at first, but he was searching for his phone, and once we gave him it,
he called his brother to tell him he loved him… and then he died.
A woman was pouring out blood
Someone’s foot was blown off, and we just
spotted a finger,”
said Phillip Vu, a Vietnamese-American volunteer in Ukraine, while sitting on a bench as his team awaits the tow for their shelled van.
After this, I need to go back to Kyiv to rest. I have so much respect for those who can do this every day in the military. I don’t know how they can keep going after this.”
While waiting, Phillip, a Tik Tok creator who had recently joined the team to film, said he felt compelled to move to Kyiv to find some way to help because he loved the time he spent in Ukraine although he thought he was only going to be filming the delivery of supplies to villages.
Phillip was quickly introduced to the horror of war when he was scrambling for his medical bad and giving aid to the Ukrainian victims.
Before a taxi driver arrived with a tow strap in hand, he said that he was going to write instead of filming his thoughts – a better way to focus on what it must feel like to be a Ukrainian subjected to a daily Russian brutality while the world watches from their phones – in contrast to what he was feeling by witnessing only one of many war crimes over eight years of war.
The Renegade Relief Runners volunteer team. (Photo Credit: Jay Beecher)
Christopher Moore, APA
USAF veteran intelligence officer reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
I am a former Captain in the United States Air Force currently in Ukraine to report on the front lines on the Eastern Front. I am being sponsored by LtCol Rip Rawlings .
I previously served in the Afghanistan war and the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.
Outside of the military I worked for International Rescue Committee in Syrian Refugee camps in Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan.