Who are the foreign militiamen killed in the raid near Lviv: Dutch volunteers and a Kosovo veteran

Of Marta Serafini, sent to Lviv

Trainers and militiamen arrived from abroad: a training hub for thousands of volunteers from all over the world had been created at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv

LEOPOLI and STARYCHI – Trainers, Ukrainian military. But also volunteers arrived from abroad to join the international brigade of the Ukrainian forces, summoned by President Volodymyr Zelensky from the first hours of battle. At the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, better known as Yavoriv Military Rangethe training range of Yavoriv, ​​several languages ​​were spoken before i 30 Russian missiles destroyed everything. Weapons, aids, camouflage suits. Thermovisors, drones, life saving kits. The base’s duties include teaching recruits to use rocket launchers against Russian jets. A training hub that recruits pass through before going to the East and Kiev front. “I cannot confirm the presence of foreigners among the victims,” ​​said spokesman for the Kiev Defense Ministry Markian Lubkivsky later in the day. But as the hours go by it becomes clear. In Yavoriv there were not only Ukrainians.

A hub for thousands of them, who came from all over the world to help Ukraine. United States, United Kingdom, Australia. And from Europe. S.

Andaccording to the Dutch media, “an unknown number of foreign militia affiliates in Ukraine departed from the Netherlands they were wounded in the attack. ‘ This was also confirmed by the Dutch national coordinator of the group of voluntary militiamen, Gert Snitselaar to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

From here it also passed Kosovo veteran Joyce Koster. On Saturday she left with a group from base to front: «I can only say that our group of 16 men is complete and we completely trust each other. We are absolutely ready for battle », she had always declared to the Dutch newspaper before leaving the base. Then, in the late afternoon, the spokesman for the Russian Defense MinistryIgor Konachenkov, in a briefing in Moscow scans the death bulletin. The Russian army killed 180 “foreign mercenaries” in the attack. Figures far higher than the toll given by the Ukrainians who speak of 35 victims. Then, in a hiss, he threatens her: “We will continue to eliminate foreign mercenaries arriving in Ukraine”.

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