3,000 Brits fighting Russia are second-largest group of foreigners in Ukraine

The thousands of Brits fighting against Russia make up the second-largest foreign group in Ukraine's military defence, a Georgian commander claims.

Mamuka Mamulashvili is tasked with overseeing Ukraine's operations involving foreign volunteers who he says makes up around 20,000 soldiers.

Since Russia invaded the country on February 24, people from around the world are understood to have joined President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's ranks.

Of that number, Mr Mamulashvili who commands the Georgian Legion, said around 3,000 or nearly a seventh of them from the UK.

He added that the third largest group of nationals are American.

Mr Mamuashvili founded the unit in 2014 and even though up to 80% of foreign volunteer fighters go through him when they join the army, few are experienced enough to remain in his unit.

Instead most volunteers move on to the International Legion, he said.

Mr Mamuashvili's claims of 3,000 Brits fighting in Ukraine cannot be backed up by the UK government as it doesn't keep track, nor it appears does Ukraine.

The commander previously spoke on the horrors he has witnessed since the invasion, describing it as like a "movie".

Mr Mamuashvili said: “I’ve been a soldier for 30 years and I’ve never seen such brutality and barbaric acts as I’m seeing Russia carry out on Ukrainians.

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“I’ve been in many battles. I was in Russian captivity when I was 14 with my father but what is happening now feels like we’re in a movie."

Two Brit fighters who fought on the frontline in Ukraine pleaded guilty to “undergoing training with the aim of carrying out terrorist activities” in a Russian kangaroo court.

The supreme court of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has sentenced Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner to death on charges of them going to war against Vladimir Putin's army as mercenaries.

A team of ex-SAS soldiers is believed to have killed up 20 Russian generals in Ukraine.

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The 12-strong unit has spent six weeks targeting the invaders’ officers – undermining and humiliating their leader Vladimir Putin in the process.

They also killed 15 of the feared Wagner mercenaries in an ambush last month.

A source told the Daily Star on Sunday: “They have around 120 years of special forces experience between them.

“They are completely self-supported and have access to explosives, weapons and ammunition. At least two are trained combat medics.”

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