Ex-British military dog ​​trainer pledges to help Ukrainian refugees after friend murdered

EXCLUSIVE: Former British military dog ​​trainer pledges to help Ukrainian refugees after his friend was killed by Russian soldiers

  • Tom Bell broke down as he described how Igor Icarus Bakun, 35, was murdered
  • He was murdered by Russian soldiers in the countryside near his home in kyiv
  • A dog was shot but another stayed close to him until he was found by rescuers

A former British military dog ​​trainer whose boyfriend was killed in Ukraine has paid tribute by promising to help refugees fleeing Russian invaders.

Father-of-one Tom Bell, 37, broke down as he described how Igor Icarus Bakun, 35, was murdered by Russian soldiers while walking in the countryside near his home in kyiv.

Tom revealed how Igor’s father and one of his dogs were shot, but another stayed by his side until rescuers found him lying in a ditch next to Tom’s body. his owner.

Speaking near the Medyka border where he had arrived to distribute medical supplies, he said: “The best thing I can do to honor Igor is to be here and help the people of Ukraine for him.

Father-of-one Tom Bell, 37, broke down as he described how Igor Icarus Bakun, 35, pictured, was murdered by Russian soldiers while walking in the countryside near his home in kyiv.

“The Russians killed him and his father in cold blood and they even shot one of his dogs, but another stayed with him until his body was found.

“I saw a video I had received of Igor in a dead ditch with his dog near his body and that of his father. I can’t just sit by my laptop and do nothing, I have to do something to honor Igor.

“I was looking in the Foreign Legion that was set up, but now I’ve decided to just help medically as I’m an emergency first responder.”

Tom, who is originally from Milton Keynes but now lives in Wilkanow, southern Poland, with his wife and four-year-old son.

Since arriving at the crossing point, he has provided aid and medical support to dozens of refugees arriving from Ukraine.

He told MailOnline: ‘There are so many people passing by, it’s unbelievable and heartbreaking at the same time. I am up 22 hours a day and only sleep 2 hours.

Tom (pictured) revealed how Igor's father and one of his dogs were shot but another stayed by his side until he was found by rescuers lying in a ditch next door of its owner's body.

Tom (pictured) revealed how Igor’s father and one of his dogs were shot but another stayed by his side until he was found by rescuers lying in a ditch next door of its owner’s body.

“You try to put your head down, but it’s so cold you think I might as well keep helping because there are so many people streaming in.”

Choking back tears, he added: ‘I sat in the car for a bit to warm up and then you see a four-year-old crossing who’s been on the move for over two days and you just have to help .

“I also have a four-year-old son, so it’s really difficult to manage. I’ve bought a few beanie babies to give the kids when they come to play with them and it’s amazing what a difference it makes.

“You see the transformation from a crying child to a smiling child because someone is there to support and help him.”

He added: “I used to train police and military dogs in Kyiv and that’s why I have a lot of friends in Ukraine and that’s where I met Igor.

“He was a great guy and I’m heartbroken by what happened. He was one of the best dog trainers in Ukraine. That’s why I do what I do.

“The video I saw was heartbreaking. He was shot and his father was also shot and then they killed the dog.

“I don’t think I could go there and maybe die and leave my four-year-old son here. Everyone should do what they think is good for them.

“I saw a lot of foreigners saying they were going to fight, I didn’t see any Britons but I saw Americans and Canadians.”

Tom, who has set up a Just Giving page, said on the site: “Give what you can if you feel you can support, if not that’s fine too, please share this message, that oppression is not acceptable and that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that people do nothing.

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