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CDN Holodomor Memorial Day Today And Russia Launched The Biggest Drone Attack On Kyiv Of The War The Glorious City Defenders Did Their Job Only Five Wounded. Austin Lathlin-Bercier, 25, Aboriginal OCN Manitoba Ex Military Dead In Combat In Ukraine

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Greg Carr

Nov 25, 2023, 5:18:00 PM11/25/23
CDN Holodomor Memorial Day Today And Russia Launched The Biggest Drone Attack On Kyiv Of The War The Glorious City Defenders Did Their Job Only Five Wounded. Austin Lathlin-Bercier, 25, Aboriginal OCN Manitoba Ex Military Dead In Combat In Ukraine

CDN Holodomor Memorial Day today and Russia launched the biggest drone attack on Kyiv of the war the glorious city defenders did their job only one wounded. Of course frequent poster to this ng and can.politics Dhu supports Putin and was recently beaten the weak man who lives in a inherited 60 yr old house in the Edm. area. Google his name plus Russia or Putin. Notice fool how thy bad life got way worse since you started being a Uke hater. Sadly a brave CDN volunteer soldier there died recently his community and Dad are proud of him hey dhu can you imagine someone being proud of you? Or even liking you IRL?

Those who knew an Indigenous soldier from northern Manitoba who was killed fighting in Ukraine say he was always the first to help someone in need.

Austin Lathlin-Bercier, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), travelled overseas to fight with the Ukrainian army shortly after the war broke out. His family, who were informed Monday that he died in Ukraine, say they weren’t surprised when he decided to make the trip.

“When he went to Ukraine, I think mainly he went there because he saw on the news how many innocent women and children were being killed,” Austin’s sister Faith Lathlin-Bercier told Global Winnipeg.

“He was always protective of women and children, and those who couldn’t defend themselves. He was always offering a helping hand to people.”

Faith said her brother had been community-minded from a young age — something that led him to participate in volunteer work in South America and Europe as a young adult, as well as at home in Manitoba.

“From a young age, he’s always been hands-on,” she said. “He didn’t really like the traditional route of sitting in a class and listening to the words go on and on…. He was the type to just do it.”

Austin had also been interested in the military from a young age, she said, due in part to his involvement with the Armed Forces’ Bold Eagle training program for Indigenous youth.

He had intended to go into the Canadian Armed Forces right after high school, but had to save up for laser eye surgery after discovering that his poor eyesight disqualified him for the infantry. After getting the surgery, Faith said, he took a trip to Peru as a volunteer and caught the travel bug — something that he was able to combine with his helpful nature.

“He decided to start travelling and helping out these small communities with little projects — he was always a community person. He liked going out and volunteering for powwows and stuff like that too,” she said.

Despite an outpouring of support from their home community and across the country — and their pride in Austin’s selflessness — Faith said the Lathlin-Bercier family is struggling to cope with such a huge loss.

Her family, she said, has always been very private, and to have their grief become so public has been overwhelming.

“My parents … it’s rough. I’m not home right now. I’m still out (in Saskatchewan), but I can’t wait to see them and everything.

“Obviously it’s a rough time for our whole family…. I had six siblings but there’s five of us now, and then my mom and my dad.”

OCN Coun. Edwin Jebb told Global Winnipeg he didn’t get the chance to meet Lathlin-Bercier, but he knows the family, and the death is reverberating throughout the community.

“It’s been very difficult. When we talk about it, we get emotional. Thinking about it, the first thing is, ‘What was he doing out there?’ and of course, we always bring to mind that he was there to help other people. So it’s been really emotional for the community,” Jebb said.

OCN lowered flags in the community in Lathlin-Bercier’s honour, and is likely to hold a memorial service — but that’s dependent on when the family is able to have his body repatriated for a proper burial.

“We’re waiting for the family to see what’s going to happen, because his body is still in the war zone,” Jebb said. “We have to wait, but with the family’s permission, we’ll be holding a community service … to honour Austin at some point in time in future.

“I’m sure it’ll be a big event in that there’ll be a lot of participants — not just from this community, but from the armed services community and maybe the Ukrainian community.

“The family has asked for prayers … prayers for the family and prayers for Austin, and for the support in that we’re able to bring the body home to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and have the burial here. The community wants that and I’m sure the family wants that as well. We’re just waiting for time right now to see what the next steps are.”

Jebb said Lathlin-Bercier was well-known in OCN as someone who always wanted to help others.

“He was a young man who gave to other people … and he did give his life for what he believed in, which was helping others.

“He was a helping person — the way the family talk about him, he always wanted to help people and by going into that program, the Bold Eagle and Armed Forces, that was his way of helping people and helping the world.

“And he did tell people that he wanted to come back in the community and help the community in whatever way he could, in his own way, and he could help people with the training he had.”

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In an emailed statement to Global News, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa confirmed that Lathlin-Bercier was serving in the military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Avdiivka, Donetsk region when he was reported missing on November 11.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said while the government isn’t able to disclose many details due to privacy considerations, officials are working with the family and local authorities in Ukraine.

“Our hearts are with their family and loved ones during this very difficult time. Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities for more information and consular officials are providing consular assistance to the family.”

— with files from Marney Blunt and Melissa Ridgen

Salute brave Aboriginal volunteer soldier who died fighting the invading Russian killers and rapist and thieves in a land far from home. Salute OCN for honouring him. Hope the prayers help the grieving family.

Russia on Saturday launched its largest drone attack against Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv since the start of its invasion, according to local officials.

“A total of nearly 75 Shahed drones were launched from two directions – Primorsko-Akhtarsk and the Kursk region, Russia. The primary target was the city of Kyiv,” said Ukraine’s Air Force in a Telegram post, describing the attack as a “record number” of drones.

It said air defenses intercepted 71 of the Iranian-made drones across six regions of Ukraine – but the vast majority of the drones were intercepted in the Kyiv region.

“Anti-aircraft missile troops, tactical aviation, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare units were involved in repelling the air attack,” said the air force. It added that a Kh-59 guided missile was also destroyed in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

Mykhailo Shamanov, a spokesman for the Kyiv city military administration, described several waves of drones coming from different directions toward the capital.

A CNN producer in Kyiv heard loud explosions and repeated bangs as drones buzzed overhead. The city’s military administration warned residents to take cover, saying: “A large number of enemy UAVs are entering Kyiv from different directions! We urge you to stay in shelters until the alarm goes off!”

It was the fourth drone attack on Kyiv this month, according to Shamanov.

At least two people were injured in Kyiv’s Solomianskyi district, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko.

Several locations in Solomianskyi district caught fire, including a residential building and other non-residential premises, Klitschko said.

He added that the second floor of a five-story residential building in Solomianskyi district was damaged, and that the wreckage of downed drones fell on two residential buildings – one in the Dniprovskyi district, the other in the Holosiivskyi district.

In a separate statement, Serhii Popko, the head of the Kyiv city military administration, said a fire had broken out on the premises of a kindergarten after a drone was downed in the Solomianskyi district.

A Ukrainian serviceman of the 123rd Territorial Defense Brigade stands guard on a position next to the Dnipro River, in an undisclosed location in the Kherson region, on November 6, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While Ukraine's recapture of Kherson city last November was a shock defeat for the Kremlin, Russian forces on the opposing bank still control swathes of territory and shell towns and villages they retreated from. The Dnipro, Europe's fourth-longest river and a historic trading route, has become a key front since Ukrainian troops pushed Russian forces back over its banks in the south last year. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY / AFP) (Photo by ROMAN PILIPEY/AFP via Getty Images)
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The country’s energy ministry said this recent attack on Kyiv cut off power to an overhead line, leaving 77 residential buildings and 120 establishments without power in the city center.

Ukrainian energy company DTEK announced later on Saturday that power had been restored to all Kyiv residents.

Last winter, Russia carried out a sustained campaign of missile and drone attacks to cripple Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Khmelnytskyi, in western Ukraine, has become a regular target of attacks, with the shockwaves from explosions damaging infrastructure in the region, including its nuclear power plant.

“Powerful explosions” shook the area near the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said, with shockwaves shattering windows and temporarily cutting off power to some off-site radiation monitoring stations. IAEA experts at the plant were also told that two drones were shot down in close proximity to the site.

The IAEA said that the incident “once again highlighted the dangers to nuclear safety and security during the ongoing military conflict.”

While concerns remain about the country’s energy this winter, DTEK has spent the last seven months restoring infrastructure, trying to boost output and bolster defenses at its facilities.

“We restored what could be restored, bought back-up equipment and installed defenses around power plants,” DTEK chief executive Maxim Timchenko told CNN earlier this month.

According to deputy chief of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, Vadym Skibitsky, attacks to the country’s energy grid will be harder for Russia to pull off this time around.

Citizens have also been preparing for the possibility of a downed power grid. One company that installs energy storage systems nationally, has seen a significant rise in demand as people seek off-the-grid solutions, while businesses and companies buy generators and secondary batteries.
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