Czech volunteer fighters photographed in Ukrainian city of Irpin, just outside Kyiv

The Czech government is allowing Czech volunteers to head to Ukraine to fight in the war

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Echo24, Czech News Agency
On March 26, 2022, Ilya Ponomarenko of Kyiv Independent published a photo on Twitter that captures Czech volunteers fighting in Ukraine against Russian forces. (Illia Ponomarenko/Twitter)

Ukrainian journalist Ilya Ponomarenko of Kyiv Independent published a photo on Twitter that captures Czech volunteers fighting in Ukraine against Russian forces. According to Ponomarenko, the photo shows Czechs with weapons in Irpin near Kyiv.

On the third day after the Russian invasion in late February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on foreigners to join the foreign legion to fight for Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, 20,000 people signed up in the first two weeks, but it is not clear how many of them actually arrived in Ukraine.

Czech citizens have military service in a foreign army prohibited by law, and if they want to join it, they must ask the President of the Republic for an exemption.

In the first days after the Russian invasion, hundreds of people interested in serving in Ukraine turned to the presidential office.

At the beginning of March, Czech PM Petr Fiala and President MiloŇ° Zeman announced that people who left the Czech Republic to fight in Ukraine would have guaranteed immunity from prosecution.

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