Ukraine welcomes volunteer fighters, one man recounts journey, helps others connect, Ukraine formally creates ‘International Legion’

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As international sympathy for Ukraine’s plight against the Russian invasion grows, one man has helped provide information for the countless volunteers seeking to personally contribute to the war effort.

Ukraine’s government, willing to take any help it can get against the Russian onslaught, stated that it is formally creating an International Legion of volunteer fighters from other countries, as Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine announced on Sunday:

The responses have been numerous and rapid. Among those answering Ukraine’s call for volunteers are a group of 10 veterans from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, Buzzfeed reported.

On Twitter, there are endless chains of tweets from individuals looking to join, and many have been following the travels of Anthony Walker, who has been documenting his journey on the social media platform and has become a focus point for questions from people interested in making the trip themselves.

Walker has been trying to informally organize meetups with people in eastern Europe or Ukraine itself who can host or guide people, and volunteers looking for assistance getting to Ukraine and enrolled in its defense:

As Walker noted, there are untold tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of displaced Ukrainians seeking refuge in Poland, where they have been met with volunteers trying to help set up refugee shelters:

However – there’s so many volunteers trying to get into the country that cars are piled up at the border in the other direction too:

Walker gave advice for anyone wanting to arrive, with things like where to go and what to pack:

As per Kuleba’s instructions, one can contact the Ukrainian Embassy for more information, though as of writing the website for the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States doesn’t have this information listed yet. Most of the volunteers seem to have met up informally, via Twitter or other social media, or just traveled individually and simply presented themselves at the border, where the Ukrainians (who mostly speak English as well as their native tongue) took them in and got them assigned.

Don’t have military experience? No problem, say Walker and others who have arrived. Ukraine needs all manner of non-combat help, be it help with medical care, or construction, or countless other tasks that need doing. Reportedly, Polish customs are even waving through non-automatic weapons in luggage (not carry-on) as long as you make it clear you’re going to Ukraine.

If you can’t drop everything and go to Ukraine, there are a number of other ways you can donate to their war effort, such as direct wires to a special fund set up by the National Bank of Ukraine.

The Kyiv Independent has also set up a list of various charities and other organizations that help either with the war effort or the relief effort for victims of the war. BPR has not vetted any of the organizations.


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