Latvia, Canada allow citizens to fight in Ukraine

Thousands of foreigners have expressed interest in joining Ukraine's "International Legion."

 Ukrainian service members look for unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene.  (photo credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian service members look for unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene.
(photo credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Latvia's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to allow its nationals to fight in Ukraine if willing, the parliament said in a statement, as the Russian invasion entered its fifth day.

"Our citizens who want to support Ukraine and volunteer to serve there to defend Ukraine's independence and our common security must be able to do so," said Juris Rancanis, chairman of the parliamentary defense, home affairs and corruption prevention commission, which drafted the law.

Additionally, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly stated that it's up to individual Canadians to decide if they wanted to fight in Ukraine against the Russian invasion, according to The Globe and Mail.

"We understand that people of Ukrainian descent want to support their fellow Ukrainians and also that there is a desire to defend the motherland and in that sense it is their own individual decision,” said Joly on Sunday. “Let me be clear: we are all very supportive of any form of support to Ukrainians right now.”

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has also expressed support for Brits who decide to go to Ukraine to fight Russia.

 Ukrainian soldiers walk at Kyiv central train station, Ukraine, February 25, 2022 (credit: UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) Ukrainian soldiers walk at Kyiv central train station, Ukraine, February 25, 2022 (credit: UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS)

The Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv had published a call to Israelis to join the fight against Russia in Ukraine and provided the necessary information on how to do so, but the post was quickly deleted.

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of an "International Legion" to allow foreigners to join Ukrainian forces in combatting the Russian invasion of the country.

The Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar announced that thousands of foreigners had already informed the Defense Ministry that they are interested in joining Ukraine's "International Legion."