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Colombo, Dec 8 (Daily Mirror) - Nearly 70 former Sri Lankan military personnel, who have been legally discharged from the military, have reportedly applied to join the International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine, also known as the Ukrainian Foreign Legion, according to a former Sri Lankan military official based in Ukraine.

These former officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka have already traveled to Azerbaijan, Dubai, and India to join Captain Ranish Hewage’s special unit, and they are waiting to proceed to Ukraine via Poland, as confirmed by the official.

Due to the economic problems in Sri Lanka, it has been revealed that former military officers are joining the Ukrainian army for a monthly salary ranging from 1 million to 12 million rupees.

Currently, there are more than 20 former Sri Lankan military personnel serving in the Ukrainian Foreign Legion, it was reported.


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  • mario Friday, 08 December 2023 09:03 AM

    These are very brave men. I am sure they are fully aware that they will be fighting one of the strongest and most brutal armies in the world. Hope and pray they make it alive.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 08 December 2023 10:14 AM

    What is brave about them. Historically their experience is only with killing their own citizens of the country, which is nothing to be proud.

    mohandev Friday, 08 December 2023 10:41 AM

    What brave? mercenaries greedy for money just like pathale difference is paid in USD by world's biggest criminal govt who pokes into other countries bombing women

    Lanka Friday, 08 December 2023 09:43 AM

    It is all about money and they want to sell their skills to earn money ? I don't know if this is ethically; morally and legally right to do this . It is all about USA VS Russia ..this proxy war is created by this geopolitical competition between these two parties ...unfortunately Ukraine has been trapped in this geopolitical. Our people go there without knowing wider geopolitical contexts of this war ..I don't know if Buddhist teaching or for that matter any religious teaching would allow this at all ..After all all religions stand for justice ..but here these parties are killing each other for materialism .. May God give wisdom for our people not kill people for money

    Best Friday, 08 December 2023 09:59 AM

    These mercenaries creating unwanted diplomatic problem with friendly nation russia

    Spartacus Friday, 08 December 2023 10:33 AM

    Now their mercenary work with local politicians is drying out after the bankruptcy of country. Otherwise, they had enough work and killing of innocent citizens and revenge contracts. Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Dinesh Schafter, Thajudeen, Raviraj, Taraki and thousands of Tamil businessmen are examples.

    Mokan Friday, 08 December 2023 10:36 AM

    Fully agree. They are only going for money

    Hard Truth Friday, 08 December 2023 10:23 AM

    Economic Singha Petav

    Mohamed Burhan Friday, 08 December 2023 02:34 PM

    Like a saying a quality batsman gets out for a good ball quality servicemen should join with these legionnaires in hostile territory and see and learn what is fighting and how it is fought by these tough Russians.Also good money!

    Acid Friday, 08 December 2023 03:25 PM

    What on earth?? This is very bad for Sri Lankan diplomacy!

    What are they upto? Friday, 08 December 2023 04:49 PM

    Clowns or traitors? On one side SL wants to strengthen ties with Russia and on the other side they are fighting against Russia !!!! No principles at all.

    Mila Friday, 08 December 2023 05:38 PM

    Are these man stupid? Ukerine lost almost all man and now our sri lankan man also going to be killd. You people are fighting on the wrong side. They are using our sri lankan man in a fight they can't win.

    Hard Truth Saturday, 09 December 2023 03:38 AM

    Military Outsourcing

    Chandima Saturday, 09 December 2023 06:32 AM

    The only truth that comes out from the comments is that our patriots find it extremely difficult to stomach that these ex-soldiers are earning 01 million to 12 million rupees. To be exact the salary of Foreign Legion is US$3500. This is just a job. If you have qualifications find a way and get enlisted or just abstain from making silly comments.

    Buddhist Saturday, 09 December 2023 08:21 PM

    What is the involvement of the Minister of Foreign Employment in this move?

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 10 December 2023 07:34 AM

    Private military contractors probably the agents may be those in our forces. They want to make dome money. Stupid tax payers in the west just looks on when their governments spend their tax money for Ukrain war instead of improving their own peoples health care. Those politicians in power are making defence contractors rich.


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