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Edinburgh’s Robert Grady appeared in a video in which he grabs a gun and urges viewers to join him. On Monday, it emerged that around 20,000 people, from 52 different countries, have pledged to fight Russian forces crossing into Ukraine, the country’s foreign minister said.

The volunteers will be part of Ukraine’s new International Territorial Defense Legion.

Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday: “The whole world is on Ukraine’s side today, not only in words but in deeds.”

Mr Grady, dressed in camouflage and surrounded by those believed to be Ukrainian fighters, addresses the camera to introduce himself in the video.

He added: “I went to Ukraine to help Ukraine fight the Russians.

“I will do everything in my power to save Ukraine from Putin.

“Anyone in the world, please Ukraine.

“They need everyone to help them. Volunteers, please.”

In the caption, he wrote: “It was my free choice. I am an adult.

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He said in a televised address: “Every friend of Ukraine who wants to join Ukraine in defending the country, please come, we will give you weapons.”

Mr. Zelensky’s official website, in a statement, said: “In accordance with the regulations on military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by citizens of their countries and stateless persons approved by Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 248 of June 10 2016, foreigners have the right to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine for military service under a voluntary contract to be included in the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“A separate subdivision of foreigners is being formed under the name of the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine. There is no greater contribution you can make for the sake of peace.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has previously expressed support for British citizens joining the fight in Ukraine, “if that’s what they want to do”.

She added: “It’s something people can make their own decisions about.

“The Ukrainian people are fighting for freedom and democracy, not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe.”

However, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned those without military training against traveling to the war zone.

The Foreign Office advice is against all travel to Ukraine and warns those considering taking up arms in Ukraine that “your activities may constitute offenses against UK terrorism or other laws and you could be prosecuted when you return to the UK”.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-07 21:10:09

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