Ukraine calls fighters to join 'foreign legion' & stand against Putin as Liz Truss backs Brits 'fighting for freedom'

FREEDOM fighters from around the world were invited to join Ukraine’s army today and take on Putin's troops.

Ukraine’s foreign minister issued an appeal for civvies to step in to keep their country from further harm.

He appealed to Ukraine’s supporters to take up arms against the Russian invaders, like the International Brigades who fought General Franco’s Nazi backed fascists in Spain on the eve of World War Two.

Dmytro Kuleba said: “Together we defeated Hitler, and we will defeat Putin, too.”

Anyone who wants to fight the Russians can report to Ukrainian embassies, he said.

“Foreigners willing to defend Ukraine and world order as part of the International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine, I invite you to contact foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in your respective countries.”

It comes as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss this morning backed Brits going to Ukraine to help them fight.

She said: “I do support that. The people of Ukraine are fighting for freedom and democracy not just for Ukraine – for all of Europe.

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“If people want to support that struggle I support that.”

There were widespread fears that the Russian army would step up its efforts to seize Kyiv this weekend, targeting commercial businesses in a bid to destroy Ukrainians' morale.

A city-wide curfew is being enforced in the capital while authorities hunt down "sabotage and reconnaissance groups," Kyiv's mayor said.

As midnight struck in the war-torn country, civilians and troops were urged to hunker down ahead of the "imminent" attack.

It marks the dawn of a fourth day of fighting as hero Ukranian troops and civilians scramble to beat off the Russian invaders.

It comes after a day of fighting during which Russian troops failed to capture the capital.

The official Ukraine death toll stands at 198, including three children.

And at least 17 of those were civilians, killed in a blast.

The Ukrainian Government has insisted the Russians are failing to advance with some 3,500 killed.

Boris Johnson last night vowed to “tighten the ligature” around warmonger Putin’s regime.

The PM said the “sense of outrage and disgust” over the despot’s invasion of Ukraine is spreading.

And he is hopeful other countries will back Britain’s call to shut Russia out of the Swift global bank payments system.

He admitted: “I think we have to face the hideous reality that diplomacy with Putin was a charade.

“The feeling is strong among people, even in Russia and countries who’ve been apathetic — there’s a sense of outrage and disgust.

“The UK will do everything to support our friends in Ukraine."

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