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Swede Christopher Forsback was badly wounded at the front in Ukraine – and is now returning

Swede Christopher Forsback was badly wounded at the front in Ukraine – and is now returning

Christopher Forsback, a Ukrainian army instructor, decided about two years ago to enlist at the request of President Zelensky.

-I have the knowledge and ability to do this. The biggest factor behind my choice to go.

Forsback says that in the past two years he has trained about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in, among other things, mine clearance.

But enlisting in the army was a difficult decision. In Sweden, he has four children between the ages of 15 and 21.

-What will happen if I don't come back?

He was seriously injured during a grenade attack

During a mission outside Zaporizhia last summer, Christopher Forsback was seriously wounded when his brigade was hit by a Russian tank shell.

He suffered a bullet wound to his arm, serious shrapnel wounds, and a fracture to his skull.

Back to front

After a period of rehabilitation, Forsback is now preparing to return to Ukraine at the beginning of the month. He believes the army needs his skills.

The Swedish soldier says he was never afraid during the ongoing attack this summer. But perhaps not being able to see his children again is “gnawing at him.”

– I wasn't afraid on my part. But of course the thoughts went: I'll never go back to them again.

Watch the video of Christopher Forsback from the dugout taking a grenade hit in the player above.

Watch the entire documentary series “Swedes in Ukraine” on SVT Play here

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