WASHINGTON (AA) – Thousands of people have applied to the Ukrainian embassy in Washington D.C., expressing willingness to join the fight against Russia.
A military official at the embassy said that they received more than 3,000 emails from those who wanted to go to Ukraine.
The applicants included former military officials and civilians who wanted to help the Ukrainian people with humanitarian issues.
The official also praised the international support for Ukraine. “We receive both material and moral support,” the official said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on March 2 that 16,000 foreign troops were on their way to Ukraine to join the war against Russian forces. On March 3, the first batch of fighters arrived in Ukraine to defend the country against Russia, according to Zelenskyy.
According to UN figures, 227 civilians have been killed and 525 injured in Ukraine since the start of the war. Ukrainian authorities, however, put the death toll at over 2,000.
More than 1 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency.