‘I just want to kill Russians’: the foreign fighters flocking to Ukraine
Thousands find a sense of purpose and an opportunity for camaraderie in Russia’s invasion
Michael Ferkol, who once served as a supply specialist with engineer battalions in the US army, was in Rome studying archaeology when he heard the Ukrainian president’s appeal for foreign fighters.
Within days, Ferkol said, he presented himself at a military recruiting office in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, hoping to be taken on as a frontline paramedic.
“I told them I wanted to triage patients,” said the 29-year-old, who has no combat experience. “There was a Finnish guy there too, and he was like, ‘I just want to kill Russians’.”..