A former Scottish soldier is one of the many foreign volunteers in Ukraine
Foreigners come from, among other countries, Canada, the United States, Israel, Georgia, and Sweden. find each other reddit† Others see a Facebook call from the Ukrainian embassy in their country. Then they call the hotline set up by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
†Thank you for your contribution to winning. For English press 2‘ says the computer’s voice. When the NOS calls in recent days, the line is often overloaded. The operator, who finally answers, says the call center staff are too busy to answer reporters’ questions in a short time.
Once you sign up, says Bonini, the logistics run smoothly. “So far I think the ministry is great. They give a lot of support, let’s know what equipment to bring, help arrange transportation.” He had to show that he had combat experience.
Contribution to peace
Bonini hopes to fight alongside other British soldiers in Ukraine. He says, because they had the same training, they would work together more smoothly. “A group of four or five Brits can work much faster.”
It likely won’t happen, says researcher Kasper Rykowic from the Center for the Study of Radicalization at the University of Oslo. He studies how foreign volunteers have worked in combat since 2013 in the breakaway region of Donbass.
“There is not enough time to assemble the foreign volunteers,” Ragawik says. It is likely that they will be distributed to the combat units in the army to fill the gaps.
Veteran British warrior Mark Ayres also informed Kyiv of the fight:
“Pop culture enthusiast. Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Analyst. Student. Explorer.”