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Thousands of volunteers eager to join Ukrainian legion in Poland - Foreign Ministry

Thousands of volunteers eager to join Ukrainian legion in Poland - Foreign Ministry Photo: Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski (Getty Images)

In Poland, recruitment is ongoing for the newly formed Ukrainian Legion, a Ukrainian volunteer military unit. Several thousand people have already expressed their desire to join this unit, announces Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski.

"In Poland, we are starting to prepare the first Ukrainian brigade of volunteers. We have up to 1 million Ukrainians of both genders living here, and several thousand of them have already registered to participate. Interestingly, many of them genuinely want to serve and be of benefit to their compatriots, but they say: we do not want to be sent to fight without proper training and equipment," he said.

The minister noted that the Polish side would provide the volunteers with training and equipment, and then these people would be sent to Ukraine with the right to return to Poland after rotation.

"If every European country did the same, there would be several brigades in Ukraine," Sikorski acknowledged.

Ukrainian legion in Poland

On July 8, Ukraine and Poland signed a bilateral security guarantee agreement. The agreement includes a number of important measures aimed at enhancing the defense capabilities of both countries.

Specifically, Poland will continue training Ukrainian military personnel on its territory. Additionally, a legion of volunteers from among Ukrainians residing in EU countries will be established. Volunteers will be able to sign contracts with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.