Russia’s all-out incursion of Ukraine has given the smaller country’s Embassy in the United States an unanticipated role of recruitment center for US citizens seeking to join Ukrainians in the fight against Moscow’s aggression.
Russian all-out incursion of Ukraine has given the smaller country’s Embassy in the United States an unanticipated role of recruitment center for US citizens seeking to join Ukrainians in the fight against Moscow’s aggression. pic.twitter.com/iYTXicRJRW
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Envoys working out of the Embassy in a townhouse in the Georgetown section of Washington are fielding numerous of offers from willing Americans to join Ukrainian forces strongly resisting for their survival, even as they hold down a job on the much greater important matter of securing arms for defense against growingly violent Russian offensive.
Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenetskyi, Ukraine’s Defense and Air Attache, said that volunteers really feel this invasion is unfair, unprovoked, unjustified, and feel they’ve to reach there for assistance.
Furthermore, willing Americans represent just a small group of outsiders on the lookout for joining Ukrainian forces and people, who in turn constitute just a small proportion of the international help that has run into the besieged country. Still, it’s an image of the passion, boosted in the social media epoch, that the invasion and the increasing non-military casualties have stimulated.
Ukraine’s Defense Attache Appreciated US Support
Kremenetskyi said that this isn’t a private army that is approaching to earn money; this’s “people of goodwill” nearing to help Ukraine to fight for their sovereignty. But unfortunately, the American administration discourages their people from going to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces, which elevates lawful and national security issues.
Ukraine’s Defense and Air Attache, who manages the screening of potential American recruits, said that since the Feb. 24 large-scale incursion, the Ukrainian Embassy in D.C. has heard from around six thousand people questioning about coming forward for service, the large number of them US citizens.
Nearly 50% of the potential participants were swiftly rejected and didn’t even make it to a Zoom interview, according to the General. He added that volunteers were deficient in the necessary military experience, had a history of crime, or were not suitable for other reasons like age, including a 73-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. In addition, some of the volunteers who showed interest weren’t accepted because the Embassy stated it couldn’t perform adequate screening.
After discussions at the Pentagon on the military equipment Ukraine needs for its defense, Borys Kremenetskyi told the media that he appreciates the support from the American people and the government. However, he said that they could stop Russians only with determination and weaponry.
Until now, nearly a hundred Americans have met the requirements and succeeded. They include Iraq and Afghan war-veterans with combat experience, including helicopter pilots, according to the Defense Attache. In addition, the Ukrainian administration said that approximately twenty thousand foreigners from several countries have already joined the Ukrainian forces.