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How to join Ukraine’s Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense

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How to join Ukraine’s Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense

Amid the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine has established an International Legion of Territorial Defense. Foreigners who are willing to join the resistance to the Russian invaders and protect global security can serve in this Ukrainian military unit.

Euromaidan Press got hold of an official step-by-step algorithm describing how to join the Foreign Legion.

The hotline for foreign volunteers wishing to help Ukraine is now running. The number to call is +380442370002, and press ‘2’ for English. The legion now also has a website.

Algorithm for foreigners to join the Foreign Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine

  1. Download and fill in an application form from the official website:
  2. Scan your passport
  3. Scan the documents verifying your military or relevant experience (if
    you have them)
  4. Email the filled form and the scans of the documents to
    [email protected]

(These instructions were updated on 20 July 2023)

On the fourth day of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the creation of the International Legion of Territorial Defense in Ukraine, saying that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the beginning of a war against Europe, basic human rights, and all rules of coexistence on the continent” and calling on all citizens of friendly foreign nations “come and stand side by side with Ukrainians against the XXI century invaders.”

“Together we defeated Hitler.” Ukraine calls on foreigners to join new International Legion of Territorial Defense

Foreigners have the right to serve in Ukraine’s armed forces “on a voluntary basis” under the regulations approved by the presidential decree of 10 June 2016. The Territorial Defense of Ukraine is one of the Army units.


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