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Who is Wali, the “best sniper in the world” who fights alongside the Ukrainians?


A former elite soldier in the Canadian army, “Wali” traveled to Ukraine to fight against Russian offensives.

After having served in Afghanistan for several years in the ranks of the Canadian army, then in Iraq within the Peshmergas, it is on a third battleground that Olivier, whose real first name, aged 40 years.

Dubbed by many tabloids the “world’s deadliest sniper”, the Canadian, originally from Quebec, answered the call of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging any foreign citizen ready to fight the Russian occupier to join the “International Territorial Defense Legion” in Ukraine.

Arrived in Ukraine on March 3, the former soldier, converted into a computer scientist after his military career, was quickly the victim of false information about him. Declared dead on his arrival in the besieged city of Mariupol, “Wali” denied the information, already widely shared on social networks.

“I was on the front line without my phone for security reasons (…), but I was alive and well,” he told national media CBC. Despite the dangerousness of the terrain, the sniper has not announced his date of return to Canadian territory.