As the world watches the brutality of Russian President Vladimir Putin play out in the country of Ukraine, some have been inspired to join in the fighting there on behalf of the smaller, less powerful nation. One such volunteer is the notorious Wali, a Canadian sniper that most believe to be the most deadly in the world.
#Breaking: An infamous Canadian sniper, known as Wali, rumoured to have been killed by Russians in Ukraine, is alive and well and resting in the Kyiv region before heading back to the front lines
Says he was simply in black-out mode
Spoke to him moments ago. Story coming soon pic.twitter.com/a3QXepiYyK
— Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) March 22, 2022
The Global News notes that no one is sure where the rumor began, as there is no known source at this time. It is possible that rumors of his death were pushed as part of a Russian disinformation campaign, as Wali inspired much enthusiasm and high hopes for the outcome of the war.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Wali said in a video that he’s very much alive and rumors that interviews with and videos of him are fake are simply untrue. Instead of seeing it as a possible move by Russia to dash hopes and claim early victory, Wali believes they’re related more to internet trolling.
‘I was the last person to learn the news that I was dead. I think it’s just trolling. But I think it’s strange because after a while the enemy will lose credibility with this propaganda. I don’t understand why they push such lies. It’s pretty obvious because after a few days I’m popping out and telling everyone I’m alive.’
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the news of Wali’s continued fight. Read some of their comments below: