Britain’s international secretary, Liz Truss, mentioned on Sunday that she would assist Britons who need to go to Ukraine to take up arms to withstand the Russian invasion, in an intervention more likely to escalate tensions with Moscow.
When requested in a BBC interview a few name from President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine for foreigners to affix his nation’s battle in opposition to Russia, Ms. Truss mentioned these resisting the Russians had been “fighting for freedom and democracy not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe.”
Asked particularly whether or not she would assist Britons going to Ukraine to battle, she responded: “Absolutely, if that is what they want do to.”
Like different NATO nations, Britain has dominated out deploying its personal troops to Ukraine, however Ms. Truss mentioned the federal government was doing all it might to assist Ukraine by supplying it with defensive weapons.
Earlier, on the identical BBC broadcast, Ukraine’s ambassador to Britain, Vadym Prystaiko, mentioned that there had been an “overwhelming number of people” from many countries coming to his embassy, providing to battle.
“We don’t want to break any laws, especially international laws, but most of these people who are coming, they are Ukrainians. They have the right to come home at any moment and fight,” he mentioned.
There is authorized uncertainty over the matter as a result of Britain’s Foreign Enlistment Act of 1870 bars individuals from becoming a member of a military in battle with any international state that’s “at peace” with Britain, though this regulation was not used in opposition to Britons who fought in opposition to Spain’s fascist authorities through the Spanish Civil War of the Nineteen Thirties. More just lately, British residents have joined international navy forces, together with the French Foreign Legion or the Israeli Defense Forces.
By distinction, a few of those that fought for Islamic State in Syria have been stripped of their British citizenship to forestall their return.