Around 100 people from Scotland have signed up to fight against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to officials.
The latest figure was confirmed by the Consulate of Ukraine based in Edinburgh.
The news comes after Ukraine’s president urged foreigners to “join the defence of security in Europe” as Russia continues attacks on cities across the country.
Volodymyr Zelensky has temporarily lifted the requirement for entry visas for any foreigner willing to join Ukraine’s International Defence Legion and fight Vladimir Putin’s military invasion.
Scotland’s First Minister said on Wednesday that any Scot wishing to fight should “think carefully about what we can do to support Ukraine that is actually helpful and meaningful”.
Nicola Sturgeon said she will not encourage people with no military experience or training to go to Ukraine, adding “I am not sure that would be the best way to help Ukraine at this particular moment.”
The FM also pledged £2m of the £4m Scottish Government money announced for Ukraine will go the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.
The appeal will raise funds for member charities to urgently respond to the crisis and provide people fleeing the violence with shelter, food, water and medical support.
Sturgeon expressed her “admiration of and solidarity with the people of Ukraine”, adding: “All of them are showing incredible bravery as they stand up for the values of democracy and sovereignty and freedom.
“The Disasters Emergency Committee appeal brings together all of the leading aid agencies who are responding right now on the ground, and donating to its Ukrainian appeal is the fastest and most efficient way to get money to charities that are helping.”
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