White House discourages Americans from going to fight in Ukraine

The White House discouraged Americans from traveling to Ukraine to help defend the country from a Russian invasion on Wednesday, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked foreigners to come join the fight.

“Ukrainians have shown their courage and they are calling on every resource and lever they have to defend themselves,” principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said aboard Air Force One. “We applaud their bravery, however our travel advisory remains.” She reiterated, “US citizens should not travel to Ukraine.” 

In a statement on Sunday, Zelensky addressed “all citizens of the world, friends of Ukraine, peace and democracy,” saying, “Anyone who wants to join the defense of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals.”

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