According to Sky News, around 3,000 British soldiers are fighting in Ukraine’s war against Russia.
According to some estimates, there are currently 20,000 soldiers from abroad in Ukraine.
We spoke with Mamuka Mamuashvili, a veteran Georgian officer, to learn more about the role of foreign nationals.
He is the commander of the Georgian Legion (another military unit under Ukrainian command made up largely of foreigners).
It was founded by Mr Mamuashvili in 2014, when hostilities began in eastern Ukraine.
He stated that around 70% to 80% foreign fighters pass through the Georgian unit at first.
Only one in ten soldiers remains in their battalion as he seeks more combat experience. Rest of them move on to the International Legion.
The largest number of foreign fighters in Ukraine is made up by Georgians, with British recruits being the second-largest.
According to the Georgian commander, there are approximately 3,000 British soldiers currently fighting for Ukraine. However, the UK government doesn’t keep track of the actual number of Britons who go to Ukraine.
Although the Ukrainians might know the exact figure, it is not clear if they actually check to see if someone claims to have British citizenship.
Officials in Ukraine have not provided any information about foreign fighters who traveled to the country to fight.
The third largest group is made up of recruits from the United States.
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We don’t know how many foreign citizens have offered their services, nor do we know where they came from. However, a government website states that individuals from eight countries have signed up to their International Legion.
This website explains how combat-experienced recruits can register their interest.
Much attention has been paid to the dangers associated with fighting in Ukraine after the murder of Briton Jordan Gately (24 years old) was shot and killed in Severodonetsk.
Two former British soldiers were sentenced last week to death after they were captured in Mariupol by the Russians.
Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Shaun Pinner joined the Ukrainian military in 2018. They were accused of being mercenaries. They should be considered prisoners of war by the British government and called the trial “sham”
Dean Gately, Jordan’s father, stated that his son had been serving in the International Legion at the time he was killed in Severodonetsk. He was also active combat and trained volunteer soldiers.
Mamuashvili claims that a large number of foreign fighters have been trained as instructors, and the majority of the new recruits to the international battalions are taking up training positions.
The Georgian says it is an important task, and his battalion will be forming smaller special forces units to fight the Russians.