Ukrainian Embassy Draws US citizens Seeking to Fight in War

Despite the U.S. government discouraging Americans from going to fight in Ukraine, diplomats working out of the embassy said that they are fielding thousands of offers from volunteers seeking to fight for Ukraine.

“They really feel that this war is unfair, unprovoked,” said Ukraine’s military attaché, Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenetskyi. “They feel that they have to go and help.”

“This is not mercenaries who are coming to earn money. This is people of goodwill who are coming to assist Ukraine to fight for freedom,” Kremenetskyi added.

Since the Feb. 24 invasion, the embassy in Washington has heard from at least 6,000 people inquiring about volunteering for service, the “vast majority” of them American citizens.

So far, about 100 U.S. citizens have made the cut. They include veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with combat experience, including some helicopter pilots, the attaché said.

They must make their way to Poland, where they are to cross at a specified point, with their protective gear but without a weapon, which they will get after they arrive. They will be required to sign a contract to serve, without pay, in the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government says about 20,000 foreigners from various nations have already joined.

It’s not clear how many U.S. citizens seeking to fight have reached Ukraine, a journey the State Department has urged people not to make.

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