20,000 Foreigners Join Int'l Brigade vs Russian Invaders
Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin has disclosed that a total of 20,000 foreign volunteers have signed up to join Ukrainian forces fighting Russia from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9 in addition to the more than 66,000 citizens who have returned to defend their country, Kiev Independent reported.
Photo Insert: Commander of Kyiv's defense, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi checking fortifications
Yenin said these foreigners will be able to get Ukrainian citizenship if they wish to.
The announcement came as Ukraine’s military said Russia could involve up to 800 servicemen from Transnistria in its war against Ukraine. The armed forces said Russia is not ruling out deploying forces from the unrecognized breakaway state in Moldova.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has signed a decree restricting the export and import of goods deemed essential for the war effort in Ukraine. CIA chief William Burns said Putin is not a lunatic but his increasing isolation and insulation from conflicting views make him “extremely difficult to deal with.”
So far, Russia has destroyed a total of 61 Ukrainian hospitals. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said some of these facilities have been repaired and are currently back in use. However, Ukraine has to replace medical equipment and medicines destroyed by Russian attacks.
The UN reported that as of Mar. 7, civilian casualties reach 1,335. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said that as of midnight on March 7, a total of 474 civilians have been killed and 861 injured. Thirty-eight children are confirmed to have been killed with 71 more wounded.
The agency believes, however, that the real figures are considerably higher than what has been thus far confirmed.