Ukraine's Foreign Fighters Battle for Citizenship

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On both sides of the war in Ukraine, foreign fighters have flocked in their thousands to take part, many of them from the former Soviet Union.

Whilst thousands of regular Russian soldiers and volunteers have fought alongside the DNR and LNR separatists, a number of Russians and Belorussians have also fought for the Ukrainians.

With the worst of the fighting in the east now over, Ukrainian forces have been able to draft enough soldiers to hold the front lines, and the immediate need for these irregular fighters has largely gone.

But despite their service and sacrifice those volunteers from Russia and Belarus face prison time if they return home, and many are now battling for citizenship in Ukraine.

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Well, I see the Ukrainian government is as corrupt and ineffectual as ever.

Author — pwrserge


They joined the wrong side! Poroshenko doesn't give a shit about them and Yetsenuke has already left as he knows what is going to happen to Ukraine due to his actions.

Author — A.S.A


these brave guys deserve citizenship 100%

Author — Cherubino


These comments are amazing, I especially love the Nazi accusations

Author — Demond Wilson


BEST issue you (VICE) have ever highlighted !!

Author — Stephen Mortimer


Could pls also show the bad side of the "good" ukrain fighters?

Author — Fantomas AKA Gr0nw4ld xDDD


God bless Ukraine may they stay strong in they're fight against the terrorists and terrorist propaganda (RT)

Author — Javier Gonzalez


at 2:54 he alludes to a situation I haven't seen adequately detailed. People working in the government at that time were foreigners, Americans.

Author — Prem Lee Barbosa


Foul traitor....There was nothing to break the truce, what were you doing there?) Walk up) Never is Bandera Nazi beast will not be my brotherly people, never.

Author — Андрей Ефименко


a bunch of foreigners mad about russia can't get citizenship lol

Author — kevin nmam


I'd totally take Ukrainian citizenship. I wonder where i start first.

Author — killercaos123


To me they already citizens. Their just waiting to get their papers. Keep it up Ukraine and take back every grain of Ukrainian soil Imperialist Putin stolen from you.

Author — Sinopa Hyenith-Renard


the Putinbots are coming.

you know the drill.

Author — Santiago Bron


I hope Ukraine the best! Ukraine has been through a lot the past years

Author — John Kasarda


Ukraine has to help those fighters who helped Ukraine when they needed their help.

Author — Dardania Lion


Dickheads for fighting against their own government policies. Hope they end up in jail.

Author — Aussie AussieAussie


1:08 doesn't make any sense. He was protesting in Ukraine/Maidan because he rejects the russian government? By installing a pro EU government Ukraine was bound to be ripped apart. Great move, Sergej!

Author — ayeapprove


Обидно, надеюсь дадут гражданство и пенсию

Author — Станислав Прицкер


I'm so glad to see that Ukraine is falling rapidly and soon russia will take back East Ukraine.

Author — The Black Hundreds


Why would anyone fight to defend Poroshenko and his criminal conglomerate?

Author — botchedonce