As the war in Ukraine continues to rage on, a former Dallas police officer and father of two has decided to leave his country to fight with the Ukrainian army.
The man, who has since retired from law enforcement and currently works as a lawyer, will join a foreign legion of volunteer mercenaries to fight for the eastern European country.
The mercenary told CBS 11 he wanted to remain anonymous for his security in Ukraine and the safety of his family. He told the news network that he plans to be on the front lines.
“They are giving three days of training, and they are shipping out, and they said depending on your qualifications, they are sending legionnaires to the front lines,” he said.
The journey hasn’t been easy. He spent four days in Poland waiting for a train to cross the border into Ukraine — a country that millions of people are trying to escape.
“All they had were standing spots for a four-hour train ride, and I’ve got 200 pounds of gear. Four bags. So that’s not going to work,” he said.
The man was moved upon seeing all of the refugees.
“This is all women and kids and old men — this is what I’ve been seeing; it’s just beyond evil,” he said.
As for why the father of two would risk his life and his family’s future for a country he has no connection to, he gave a list of reasons.
“History has proven that every 40 or 50 years you encounter a madman and if you don’t step up with able-bodied men and women, don’t step up and challenge the madman, you end up with a world war, a genocide or another Cold War, and I don’t want my kids or these kids who are all being kicked out of their own country to have to deal with that,” he said.
He said his family supports his decision. Even though he does not have military experience, he said he would do whatever he had to, even if it meant dying.
According to a Slate report, the Ukrainian embassy in the United States stated that nearly 3,000 Americans had contacted them asking how they could join the fight.
It’s not illegal to volunteer as a mercenary for a foreign country’s army as long as one is not recruited while in the U.S.
Russia said they would consider foreign fighters to be mercenaries and thus not protected by the normal rules for prisoners of war.