Ukraine foreign fighters
At the start of the war, many foreign volunteers thought they were "cannon fodder." But nearly six months later, foreign fighters, including many Americans, are seen as key part of the Ukrainian war effort.
A would-be fighter tells VICE World News that concerns over a lack of firepower, war tourists, and potentially being executed by the Russians have put him off joining Ukraine's foreign legion.
“Because of rigor mortis, we had to break his legs,” one recruit recalled, while another spoke of enduring more in three days in Ukraine than months in Afghanistan.
Ukraine’s international legion has received much interest, but many would-be soldiers lack what the country needs to fight Russia: combat experience.
Foreign fighters are flocking to the Ukrainian border to join the war effort against Russia.
The head of a volunteer unit told VICE World News hundreds of foreign fighters had signed up following a direct appeal by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
An estimated 17,000 foreign fighters, including many Americans, have flocked to the conflict over the last eight years.