Connect with us

Zelenskyy Invites American Citizens To Fight In Ukraine War

Holland McKinnie
Like Freedom Press? Get news that you don't want to miss delivered directly to your inbox

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Wednesday that U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals are now eligible to enlist in Ukraine’s national guard to fight on the front lines in its ongoing war with Russia. The announcement comes as the Eastern European conflict has moved into its third year, even as the neoconservative establishment continues to insist that Ukraine’s victory is “imminent.”

Zelenskyy’s statement, released on Wednesday, opens doors for “foreigners and stateless persons” to join the “fight against Russian aggression.” The policy expansion aims to sustain Ukraine’s defense capabilities as the nation grapples with extensive strain on its military capabilities.

Historically, international volunteers have engaged in Ukraine’s defense by joining the International Legion. However, this recent decree broadens the scope, allowing individuals from abroad to become integral parts of the National Guard, which plays a pivotal role in the country’s security under the Interior Ministry’s jurisdiction.


The move is not merely a call to arms but a reflection of Ukraine’s dire situation. The ongoing war has inflicted heavy casualties on both sides, with exact numbers shrouded in uncertainty. Kyiv’s push for additional forces signifies a strategic step to counterbalance Russia’s larger reserve of recruits.

Eligibility for joining Ukraine’s forces remains stringent, requiring candidates to have no criminal history, meet physical and medical standards, and be lawfully admitted into the country. The age threshold for volunteers is set at a minimum of eighteen years.

This announcement coincides with legislative efforts in Ukraine to adapt to the prolonged state of warfare. A recent proposal from the Ukrainian parliament seeks to lower the mobilization age, reflecting the ongoing adjustments to military strategy amid continuous losses.

Including international fighters has been a complex issue, with legal and logistical challenges. Yet, the Ukrainian government has made strides in simplifying processes, such as easing the path to citizenship for those who have stood with Ukraine in its time of need.


The global dimension of this conflict is highlighted by the varied nationalities joining Ukraine’s cause, with citizens from over fifty countries participating in the struggle. Meanwhile, the Kremlin has not shied away from its recruitment efforts, drawing fighters from nations far beyond its borders to support its invasion.

Continue Reading