Ukraine-Russia. Popular kyiv newspaper article shows foreigners still keen to get involved in war


Originally published in January – a few weeks before the Russian invasion and at a time when many people living outside Ukraine were barely aware of the escalating tensions – the article, titled “You want to help the army Ukrainian as a foreigner? Here’s what you can do,” details how people from abroad can join both the Ukrainian military and the Home Guard.

Two months into the conflict and the story’s continued popularity shows that people around the world are clearly still keen to offer their personal support to the country – despite mounting evidence that doing so poses a considerable risk.

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This week again, a Briton suspected of fighting for the Ukrainian army was killed and his colleague is missing. Scott Sibley was an experienced soldier, having previously served in the British Army. Meanwhile, two aid workers, Paul Urey and Dylan Healy, who allegedly tried to help evacuate a Ukrainian woman and her two children, were captured by Russian troops earlier this week.

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This all comes just weeks after two other British men, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, were captured fighting in the southeastern town of Mariupol. They then appeared on Russian state television with bruises on their faces, demanding an exchange for Russian prisoners.

The cases of Messrs. Urey and Healy, who were not affiliated with any particular charity but worked alone, show the strength of their will to act. The reality of the two individuals, one of whom is just 22, traversing the Russian-occupied, mine-laden Ukrainian countryside to save individual families, is almost unimaginable. Yet there must be many others taking on similar roles in the conflict, without many people being aware of what they are doing.

We can only hope that, unlike Mr. Urey and Mr. Healy whose stories were catapulted into the public consciousness after their capture, all of their efforts will continue to go unnoticed until they are safely back. security on their land.


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