Ukraine has introduced a temporary visa-free policy for foreigners wishing to join their forces fighting Russian military intervention.
The policy, made official today, doesn’t apply to Russian nationals, who are referred to as “citizens of the aggressor state” in a directive signed by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Earlier in the week, President Zelensky announced the formation of a new division, the international legion of Ukrainian territorial defense, which will be staffed by foreigners who, alongside Ukrainians, will be fighting to repel Russian invaders.
According to the government, thousands of applications have already been received.
Meanwhile, a Russian shelling has hit the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Ukrainian officials reported Tuesday.
Oleh Sinehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, said the administration building in the center of Kharkiv came under Russian shelling Tuesday along with residential buildings.
Sinehubov didn’t give any specific numbers of casualties from the latest shelling.
The shelling took place as a 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks and other vehicles threatened Kyiv on Tuesday and both sides looked to resume talks in the coming days aimed at stopping the fighting.
On Monday, talks at the Belarusian border aimed at stopping the fighting yielded only an agreement to keep talking.
The country’s embattled president said the stepped-up shelling was aimed at forcing him into concessions.
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