Ukrainian soldiers thank former Notts police officers for help

Soldiers from Ukraine sent their thanks to former Nottinghamshire police officers a year after the country was invaded by Russia. Retired officers Simon Blincow and Rob Taylor delivered vital supplies to the war-torn state in December.

The couple joined a convoy of vans and ambulances packed with power generators, as well as clothing, toys and other items just before Christmas last year. The generators will soon be transported to eastern Ukraine and have been kindly received.

A message sent to Simon, from a soldier in the Ukrainian army, read: “In a few days we will go east and give this generator to our soldiers there. Thanks for your help.

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“Together we will win. Slava Ukraini (glory to Ukraine).”

Simon, who worked as a sergeant in the road police and operational support unit, said: “It was great to get this message and it’s that kind of appreciation from the soldiers and other people in Ukraine that makes it all worth it. The situation in eastern Ukraine remains extremely critical and it is heartbreaking to see the scenes of devastation.

“That’s why we were determined to put our experience as police officers to good use and help out in any way we could.”


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