Colombian Fighters Join Ukraine to Battle Russian Forces
In a desperate bid to defend their country against Russian forces, Ukraine has turned to foreign fighters for support. Among them are Colombian soldiers, renowned for their expertise in combatting drug-trafficking cartels and rebel groups.
Ukraine has been ravaged by a two-year war with Russia, leaving its military resources depleted. In an attempt to fill these gaps, Ukraine issued a call for skilled fighters from around the world to join their cause. With Latin America’s second-largest army, boasting a military force of 250,000, Colombia has become a significant source of support. Many retired soldiers from Colombia are now heading to Ukraine, enticed by higher pay and economic opportunities.
Currently, Colombian soldiers who have joined Ukraine’s military are receiving treatment at a military hospital. In their free time, they connect with their loved ones and browse the internet, staying in touch with the world they left behind.
Ukraine has opened its doors to recruits from various countries, resulting in an increasing number of Spanish-speaking soldiers joining the ranks in the past year. The need for better economic prospects and higher salaries serve as major incentives for Colombian fighters to join Ukraine’s military. In Colombia, generals receive a monthly salary of $6,000 while lower-ranking soldiers earn significantly less. In contrast, Ukrainian soldiers can earn a monthly salary of up to $3,300, making it an appealing opportunity for many.
However, the families of Colombian fighters in Ukraine face numerous challenges in obtaining information about their loved ones. Oscar Triana, one of the Colombian fighters who joined the Ukrainian army, has officially gone missing, leaving his family desperate for information about his whereabouts. Ukrainian military units have confirmed Triana’s disappearance but have not released any further details, leaving his family in a state of uncertainty and distress.
Despite facing constant bombardments, the Colombian fighters remain committed to the fight. Their expertise and determination in combatting drug-trafficking cartels and rebel groups make them valuable assets on the front lines of Ukraine’s battle against Russian forces.
As Ukraine continues to seek foreign support in its fight against Russia, the presence of Colombian fighters highlights the growing international nature of this conflict. With the war-torn country relying on outside aid, the courage and dedication of these fighters from afar lend a glimmer of hope to Ukraine’s struggle for peace and sovereignty.