Former Albanian soldier fighting for Ukraine against Russia: I do not get paid, I do it for democracy
A 24-year-old Albanian is among the volunteers on the side of the Ukrainians in front of the Russian forces on the border. He is with other foreigners in the Georgian National Legion who are fighting with the Russians to defend Ukraine.
"We are united in our desire to stop Russian aggression," said Vano Kakviashvili, a 38-year-old Georgian Army veteran currently serving in the Georgian National Legion . "This is the war of our generation. "We have to fight for the freedom of Ukraine," he said.
"What unites us is the love of freedom, the love of democracy and the love of helping people," Bazanji told Coffee or Die Magazine.
"We are not being paid here, we are not asking for anything from the Ukrainian government, we are only here to help these people have a better future. "This is what unites us, to see people live happily and freely, " he continued.
Since the start of the war in 2014, the Georgian National Legion has enlisted soldiers from 27 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany, Georgia, Mexico, Azerbaijan, UK, Austria, France, Greece, Japan, Croatia and Serbia. And now, as Russian forces congregate on Ukraine's borders and threaten a full-scale invasion this winter, Mamulashvili said there has been an increase in the number of foreigners applying to the Georgia National Legion in hopes of serving in the armed forces. of Ukraine.