Thais put money – and even lives – on the line for Ukraine

Photo: Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand
Photo: Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand

As Russia pours more troops into Ukraine in its frustrated bid to seize the capital, Thais are finding ways to send their support – including at least two men on the way to fight the Russian invaders themselves.

Donations are being accepted via an official account announced this morning by the Embassy of Ukraine in Thailand. The Bangkok Bank account can be used by any supporters with Thai bank accounts to send funds. Many people responded by posting receipts of their transfers in response.

In recent days, supporters of Ukrainian independence  – including Thai, Ukrainian and Russian nationals opposed to the war – have gathered in solidarity.

Anguish, anger as Ukrainians in Bangkok protest Russian invasion of homeland (Photos)

The Ukrainian Embassy has also publicized an email address for those who want to enlist in its newly established foreign legion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday waived visa requirements for anyone traveling to fight on his country’s behalf.

At least two Thai nationals have taken him up on that offer. Posting photos at Ukraine’s embassy in All Seasons Place on Wireless Road, the unidentified man tweeted this morning that he and a friend, both former soldiers, had signed up to fight. Coconuts has reached out to him for comment.

Far short of even condemning Russia’s violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha instead announced that he’d instructed his administration to prepare measures to deal with any economic fallout.

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