The deputy’s son, who was fighting in Ukraine, later saved his comrade from a Russian ambush

The deputy's son, fighting in Ukraine, saved his comrade after mine tore off half his leg.

Ben Grant said the ordeal was terrifying but the group was focused on getting their comrade to safety (Image: Reuters)

The son of a Tory MP fighting in Ukraine has told how he helped a British comrade escape a Russian ambush after his leg was blown up by a mine.

Ben Grant, 30, was helping his comrade to safety when mortars and artillery were fired at them in the wooded area north of Kharkiv earlier this month.

The intense fight and dramatic rescue were filmed with a helmet cam.

The former Royal Marine, the son of Conservative MP Helen Grant, said he was “terrified” but focused on getting his comrade out of harm’s way after he knelt on a landmine that “ripped off half his leg”. .

In footage shared with the Telegraph, Ben can be heard screaming, “We have to move now or we’re going to die!” as he and comrades dragged former Grenadier Guardsman Dean Arthur to safety.

The volunteer group managed to carry Dean through the undergrowth before treating his wound with a tourniquet and getting dressed as bullets flew over their heads.

Under constant fire, the soldiers then desperately tried to get Dean to leave, shouting, “Come on, Dean! Last bit, keep going!’

“What was so scary was being so constrained by trying to carry someone when I can’t get my gun up with gunships overhead and tanks shooting through the woods,” Ben told the Telegraph.

Ben Grant leads British and American volunteers to fight in Ukraine. Ben Grant, 30, who spent more than five years as a commando in the Royal Marines, said he had not told his mother Helen Grant, a former government minister, that he was going to Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in Lviv, he said he traveled there after seeing footage of a Russian attack on a house where a child was heard screaming.

Ben Grant, an Afghanistan veteran, said the fighting in Ukraine was some of the worst he’d seen (Image: Reuters).

Ben Grant, son of MP Helen Grant, destroys a Russian tank in Ukraine

Ben Grant fights against Ukraine with a volunteer unit of foreign soldiers

“It was unreal – I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life.

“I’m trying to do this [first aid] Being in the middle of a firefight with Russians firing overhead and all around us is just so difficult.

Ben, an Afghanistan veteran who has been in Ukraine since March, said the fighting he witnessed in Ukraine was worse than any he had witnessed before.

He told the newspaper that his foreign volunteer unit was preparing to attack a Russian-held target when they were spotted and ambushed by drones.

“I think we must have been spotted by drones beforehand and they had their lines set up…so the mass firefight broke out as we went in,” Ben said.

Dean, 42, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said: “It was excruciating pain when the rounds came in.”

He added that he was “lucky” to have escaped alive.

“That kind of camaraderie is only forged in situations like this. If the coin flipped, it was one of these guys, I would have gotten it out.’

Dean’s leg was saved by doctors and he is in hospital in Kyiv, where he said his injury is “healing great”.

The government has discouraged Britons from traveling to Ukraine and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that British soldiers could be prosecuted for desertion if they travel to Ukraine to fight Russian forces.

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