As was the case last summer, U.S. special operations veterans reportedly are stepping up to help people in a war zone in need.
Christopher Miller with BuzzFeed News reported, “A group of 10 special operations forces veterans are staging in Poland and preparing to cross into Ukraine, where they plan to take up President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his offer to ‘join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world,’ according to a U.S. Army veteran arranging their passage.”
“The group, composed of six U.S. citizens, three Brits, and a German, are NATO-trained and experienced in close combat and counterterrorism. They want to be among the first to officially join the new International Legion of the Territorial Defense of Ukraine that Zelenskyy announced Sunday,” Miller added.
Zelenskyy described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a war “against democracy.”
American special forces veterans are joining the fight in Ukraine! https://t.co/fzC9B8eoU3
— Kassy Dillon 🇺🇦 (@KassyDillon) February 28, 2022
“This is not just Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is the beginning of a war against Europe, against European structures, against democracy, against basic human rights, against a global order of law, rules and peaceful coexistence,” he said, Axios reported.
“[A]nyone who wants to join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals,” he added.
Are you inspired to see US special ops vets joining the fight?
Miller tweeted that he woke up Monday to find “dozens upon dozens of emails in my inbox from people interested in joining Ukraine’s new Territorial Defense Brigade for foreign fighters” in response to his story.
Thousands of foreign fighters have already applied to join the fight for Ukraine, according to Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar, The Kyiv Independent reported.
👀 Fwiw, woke up to dozens upon dozens of emails in my inbox from people interested in joining Ukraine’s new Territorial Defense Brigade for foreign fighters. https://t.co/px49Dy7UxD
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 28, 2022
⚡️Several thousand foreigners applied to fight for Ukraine, according to Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar.
They submitted an application to the newly created International Territorial Defense Legion to help Ukraine fight against Russia.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 28, 2022
The U.S. news outlet Military Times reported that several veterans have reached out, interested how they can join the fight in Ukraine.
The Times directed interested veterans to apply at the Ukrainian embassy in their country.
Heartbroken seeing the violence in Ukraine, but glad they’ve got one hell of a leader. He’s a Jewish descendent of holocaust survivors, so he knows the stakes. Zelenskyy is putting his people first and showing bullies they’ll never give up. #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/j2fvpcBJrK
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 28, 2022
The embassy will want to see passports and documents confirming military service or work in law enforcement agencies.
The Ukrainian Embassy in the U.S. posted a link on Twitter to learn more.
🇺🇦 President @ZelenskyyUa announced formation of a new unit — the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine. He appealed to foreigners who want to help #Ukraine to #StopRussianAggression 💪🏻
❗Details: https://t.co/cCflLcKusI#StopRussianAggression #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/5CyLqZyMwa
— UKR Embassy in USA (@UKRintheUSA) February 27, 2022
Last summer, retired Green Beret Lt. Col. Scott Mann organized Task Force Pineapple, made up of current and former U.S. special operators, to evacuate hundreds of Afghan special operators, their families and others who had aided the American war effort out of Afghanistan.
The exploits of U.S. special operators — past and present — continue to inspire with a new chapter apparently about to be written.
Godspeed in their latest mission to make the world a better place.