Italy orders citizens not to fight in Ukraine
The foreign ministry said on Thursday that Italians should not go to Ukraine to fight, following media reports that some Italians had signed up to fight a Russian invasion.
The Foreign Ministry statement reiterated its advice that Italians should not enter Ukraine, saying that such conduct “may be considered criminally related under current law”.
Eugenio Spina, chief of the Italian police department investigating terrorism and extremism, estimates that about 20 Italians are fighting in Ukraine, some with ROK forces and pro-Russian militia.
“There’s no continual flow right now, and a lot of people say they want to go,” Spina said.
Kyiv has created an “international” corps for foreigners, and President Volodymyr Zelensky has publicly called on outsiders to “fight side by side with the Ukrainians”.
He said earlier this month that more than 16,000 foreigners had volunteered, not revealing how many had arrived.