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A British danger hunter who had to be evacuated from Afghanistan last year is now heading to join the fight in Ukraine, claiming he's doing “better work” than the average journalist.
Miles Routledge – who goes by Lord Miles Routledge on social media – gained notoriety when he was branded “selfish” after visiting Kabul during the Taliban’s takeover last year.
And after Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, the Loughborough University student once again decided to explore the unstable part of the world.
The 22 year-old has allegedly already encountered tricky situations, telling his online followers that he had been mistaken for a Russian spy by Ukrainian troops.
Speaking to Mark Dolan on GB News, the brazen Brit attempted to justify his actions when he was asked by the show’s host what his motivations had been for heading to the danger zone.
“When the attacks actually happened, I woke up to many phone calls and within a day I booked a plane to Poland to head over,” he began.
“The main reason I went was I actually wanted to do my own little independent journalism better than mainstream media.
“But also there’s some people on the ground that actually need my help, and that’s why I’m getting so many donations from social media.”
Miles even claimed that he had assisted a family of six with escaping from the country by giving them donations and helping with contacts.
“So I think I’m doing better work than the average journalist, and I think that’s why the mainstream hates me,” he continued.
This is despite the brave work of the likes of the BBC's Clive Myrie, who was pictured in tears as he reported on the horrors of the invasion live from a rooftop in Kyiv.
“I just think, truthfully, I’m built for this stuff, I don’t panic, I don’t freak out, I think this is my calling," Miles added.
He also said he was better placed than most to embark on a dangerous adventure because of his family relationships.
“Sadly my family has many issues and I’m not in contact with them,” he admitted.
“But if I had a family of my own, or a previous family like parents or anyone that I frequently talk to, I wouldn’t be doing this.
“But in my current situation I think, with only being a liability to myself, I can put myself at risk and do this good work.”
Miles has accepted in the past that his activities might place him in grave danger, and in the interview with Mark he accepted that he “might die” in Ukraine.
But the midlander stressed that it was a risk worth taking in order to carry out his “charitable” work.
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