Brit who visited Afghanistan ‘because it was dangerous’ now plans holiday to Ukraine

Miles Routledge launched a crowdfunder for his journey
Miles Routledge launched a crowdfunder for his journey (Picture: Twitter @LordVesconte)

A former physics student who went on holiday to Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control now plans to visit Ukraine amid rising tensions from Russia.

Miles Routledge, 21, from Birmingham, faced heavy criticism after bragging he made his previous trip ‘because it was dangerous’ – and had to be evacuated.

He now says he wants to see Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, as well as the cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk.

Mr Routledge old MailOnline: ‘I want to see the war. I want to see the feelings of both sides, their opinions and hopefully I’ll see the critical point of conflict, if it is to come.

‘I’d say I wish [my critics] all the best but truthfully they were never my audience and for every seething comment made against me, behind it was my friends and I eating popcorn and laughing at them.

‘I’ll continue to travel regardless of their opinions, I’ll even go back to Afghanistan and there’s nothing they can do about it,’ he said.

Mr Routledge has also confirmed on Twitter that he hopes to land in Lviv, west Ukraine, on Thursday, describing the flight as ‘cheap as chips’.

He documented his trip to Afghanistan online
He documented his trip to Afghanistan online (Picture: 4chan.org)

‘I’ll also be applying for a Russian visa in the mean time [sic], just in case Russia visits me in Ukraine,’ he wrote, before claiming that he classed himself as ‘an essential journalist’ to avoid paying for a PCR test or isolating in the UK.

The YouTuber launched a crowdfunder for the journey on Saturday, with the GoFundMe reaching £465 at the time of writing.

‘Time [to] return to my travel routes and go to Ukraine to document what’s going on there and show you all what the journalists filter out. Daily uploads, travel around the entire country and sleeping in interesting living conditions.

‘What could go wrong,’ the GoFundMe reads.

It isn’t the first time the 21-year-old has visited Ukraine, after he previously set foot in Chernobyl – a site which remains radioactive following the 1986 nuclear disaster.

Mr Routledge’s latest visit to the country comes as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) advises against travelling to Donetsk and Crimea following ‘continuing uncertainty about Russian intentions’.

Only essential travel is recommended for Ukraine overall.

The advice says: ‘Due to the growing threat from Russia, the FCDO has taken the decision to temporarily withdraw some Embassy staff and their dependants from Kyiv. The Embassy remains open and will continue to carry out essential work, including providing consular assistance and support to British nationals in Ukraine.

‘The security situation in the south-eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine is highly unstable with ongoing clashes between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists. 

‘Consular support is not available in parts of Ukraine not currently under control of the Ukrainian authorities – Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts,’ the department’s guidance reads.

The advice also requests that British nationals register their presence if they are in the country.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014, following an illegal referendum earlier that month, with tensions remaining high in the country.

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