Days after Ukraine began recruitment of volunteers for an International Legion from across the world to fight Russia’s invasion, two Indian Navy veterans have applied to join Ukraine Forces. The Indian Navy veterans who spoke to News9 on the condition of anonymity confirmed submitting a formal application with the Defence Attaché of Ukraine in New Delhi last week.
“I am an Engineer, submariner with 23 years of experience in Mechanical systems. I hereby volunteer to immediately join in the effort for Territorial Defence of Ukraine ”, reads one such application to which News9 has access.
More than 16,000 volunteers from across the globe have already started trickling in at the Ukraine border to join the International Legion of Territorial Defence. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had earlier given a call to form the International Legion of resistance against Russia. Ukrainian Embassies from across the world have been receiving applications from individuals to join the forces and diplomats and military attaches are handing out guidance notes to these volunteers.
While the applications of the two Indian Navy veterans who in person met the Ukrainian Defence Attaché in New Delhi have been accepted along with passport and service details in the Indian Navy, the Ukraine Government is yet to take a final call on their formal joining.
“80% of our Defence Equipment is from Russia. I’ve been to Russia four times and served there for almost two years. We love their Vodka. We love the Russians. But what they are doing is not correct. It is politically correct to say we don’t want to do anything about it. There is no point in lighting candles and holding placards”, the veteran adds when asked about why he was so committed to joining Ukrainian Forces.