Meet the foreign fighters defending Ukraine from Russian aggression

War in the Donbas

Among the ranks of Ukraine’s Armed Forces are citizens of other countries, including Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law last year allowing foreign nationals to serve in the Ukrainian Military.

This is Mamuka Mamulashvili. He’s one of the foreign volunteer fighters currently serving in Ukraine’s armed forces. He lived through the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Mamuka and his father Zurab were even Russian Prisoners. They know first hand the harshness of Russia’s Special Forces.

“They differ because of their cruelty. They make fun of dead bodies.. Basically, their principles make them want to break a person psychologically. They want to frighten people,” says Mamulashvili.

Currently, Mamuka is defending Ukraine in the Donbas. He has fought in the fiercest battles, Ilovaisk, Pisky, and Popasna. He calls Ukraine his second home, and calls the Ukrainian people his brothers:

“Our love for Ukraine is what brought us here, not our supposed hate for Russia. In battle, we don’t have contempt for Russians or Russia. We are just fulfilling our duty, and protecting the sovereignty of Ukraine from Russian Aggression.”

Not only have Georgians joined the fight for Ukrainian sovereignty, but Russian citizens as well. Sergei came from the city of Ulianovsk, where he was followed by authorities for being against the Putin Regime. Sergei is currently going through rehabilitation after being injured in battle. He says he’s ready to go back to the front-line, but returning to Russia while Putin is in power is not an option:

“They’d arrest me right at the border and put me in prison for 7 or 8 years for sure. Maybe more. After being in Ukraine, you can feel the difference in mentality. There’s a difference in the way politics is done here too. You feel free here.”

Pavel, another Russian citizen, came from Moscow to fight for Ukraine. A couple years ago he had a successful business and a quiet life. Now, he spends his days in the combat zone:

“In a few words, its a feeling of justice. I saw what has happened in my country, and I don’t want the same thing to happen in Ukraine. That’s why I packed up and came.”

Pavel says that he has never regretted his choice for a second. Ukraine has become home to him, and has even given him the love of his life, Anna.

“It’s a big sense of pride for me. I’m proud of them. It’s very rare when a person leaves their successful life, business, work, and family and comes to fight for justice. To fight to defend Ukraine,” says Anna, Pavel’s wife.

According to statistics of The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, there are currently 100 foreign volunteers serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Their countries of origin include Belarus, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Russia.

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  1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Insiders know best just how evil the Putin regime is. Putin has taken RuSSia back fifty years. From Ivan the Terrible to Putin the Horrible, Russians seemingly love to be oppressed.

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Hard to find a RuSSian who doesn’t work for the KGB.

        1. Avatar MichaelA says:

          savchenko isnt russian
          but many russians fight for ukraine

      2. Avatar canuke says:

        What does your nonsense have to do with the article.? Come back when you have something pertinent to add.

        1. Avatar MichaelA says:

          its not nonsense
          savchenko appears to be prime example of stockholm syndrome
          russia won her over while she was a captive
          that is why she was released and many other ukrainians with more courage are still held

          1. Avatar canuke says:

            Sorry, MichaelA. I took your comment out of context.

          2. Avatar MichaelA says:

            no prob

  2. Avatar Tony says:

    Regarding the Russians fighting in Ukraine for matters of justice, democracy and overall sanity, Ukraine needs a good process to let them aquire permanent residence or citizenship.

      1. Avatar MichaelA says:

        good point veth
        she must not be allowed to prevent ukraine from protecting the russians who fight for it

        1. Avatar veth says:

          Putin released her on ‘certain conditions’………quess which?