A man who formerly lived in Bridlington has been recruited by Russian militia to fight in the ongoing civil war in Ukraine.
Dariusz Lemanski, 46, who worked as a pot-wash during a short stint last year for the Pavilion Bar and Grill, enlisted in the volunteer army of rebels fighting for the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.
Director of the Pavilion Bar and Grill, Michael Harrison, spoke of his surprise about the former member of staff entering the conflict.
He said: “He reminded me of Manwell from Faulty Towers and he was a very likable fella’!”
“He did a few weeks in the summer but he didn’t work for us very long.”
Although a ceasefire has been in place for the past month in the Donbass region of Ukraine, at least 331 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since September 5.
Lemanski told British freelance reporter Graham Phillips: “I want to help the people and I have come here to fight Ukranian fascism.
“The Ukranian president Petro Poroshenko is a big liar.”
A video uploaded to twitter by Graham Phillips shows Mr Lemanski being transported to another location by car where he is interviewed by a commander of the pro-Russian milita before being officially recruited by the sepratists.
When freelance journalists Graham Phillips tells Mr Lemanski that he “might die” and that “there is no money”, he simply responded “I know”.
The short video then shows Mr Lemanski completing a survey, confirming he had previously served in the Polish military and that he is capable of firing a Kalashnikov rifle.