Latvia authorizes nationals to fight in Ukraine
Latvia joins reactionary forces in fighting Russia in Ukraine.
- Ukrainian soldiers marching during an Independence Day parade. (AFP)
The Latvian parliament has unanimously authorized Latvian citizens to fight alongside Ukraine if willing, according to a foreign ministry spokesperson.
"Our citizens who want to support Ukraine and volunteer to serve there to defend Ukraine's independence and our common security must be able to do so," said Juris Rancanis, chairman of the parliamentary defense, home affairs and corruption prevention commission.
Latvia isn't alone - the Embassy of Ukraine in "Israel" on Saturday told Israelis on Facebook that those who wished to travel to Ukraine to fight against Russia could do so, providing them with contact information.
"Urgent! To the attention of persons who wish to participate in the protection of Ukraine from the Russian military aggression!" the post read.
"Dear compatriots," Kiev's mission said, "brothers and all caring citizens of Israel and other countries who are currently in Israel! The Embassy has begun the formation of lists of volunteers who wish to participate in combat actions against the Russian aggressor."
The embassy provided its contact information, informing Israelis of the information they needed to provide in their email. It demanded their ID, citizenship, date of birth, foreign passport number, military specialty, and contacts.