Foreign secretary Lizz Truss has said she would "absolutely" support individual Brits going to fight Russian forces in Ukraine.
Following an announcement made by Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, who pledged to arm the country's international "friends" who chose to travel to Ukraine to fight alongside them.
Lizz Truss was asked whether she would support the call during an appearance on the BBC's Sunday Morning programme.
She said, "I do support that. Of course, that is something that people can make their own decisions about."
The cabinet minister added,
“The people of Ukraine are fighting for freedom and democracy — not just for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe because that is what President Putin is challenging....Absolutely if people want to support that struggle, I would support them doing that”.
The Ukrainian Foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, tweeted calling on foreigners willing to defend Ukraine to contact their respective diplomatic missions and join the "international Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine".
Foreigners willing to defend Ukraine and world order as part of the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine, I invite you to contact foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in your respective countries. Together we defeated Hitler, and we will defeat Putin, too.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 27, 2022
Dmitry Peskov, according to Interfax news agency told a press briefing
"Statements were various representatives at various levels on possible altercations or even collisions and clashes between Nato and Russia. We believe that such statements are absolutely unacceptable. I would not call the authors of these statements by name, although it was the British Foreign minister."
The Kremlin spokesperson alluded that President Vladimir Putin had placed Russia's nuclear deterrence forces on high alert after the statement from the UK's foreign secretary Liz Truss.