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    Russia/Ukraine War: Nigerian Volunteer Fighters to Pay $1,000 for Ticket, Visa

    As hundreds of Nigerians continue to volunteer as fighters for Ukranian government against Russian forces, the Ukraine Embassy in Abuja, has announced the conditions for Nigerians who want to be part of their military.

    According to Punch, the Second Secretary at the Ukrainian Embassy to Nigeria, Bohdan Soltys, confirmed on Thursday, 3 March, that Nigerians who are willing to travel to Ukraine to fight Russian forces must be willing to provide $1,000 for ticket and visa.

    “It is normal practice when people want to volunteer and join the army of another country. It is a normal international practice. Of course, for us, it is an expression of support which we really appreciate.

    “For now, no one has gone. We have received hundreds of applications from people who said they are willing. We have sent lists to the government but I cannot tell you what will happen next.”

    On why $1,000 was being demanded from Nigerian volunteers, the Ukrainian diplomat said, “Yes, $1,000. That is what I paid the last time I visited Ukraine.”

    “In this particular case, you cannot fly to Ukraine. The only way you can fly is through countries that border Ukraine. All these countries are part of the EU and Nigerians will need visas to visit these countries. So, it is a big obstacle. You cannot fly directly to Ukraine. You will have to go to Poland or Hungary,” Soltys said.

    The announcement did not go down well with the Nigerians who lamented that the price was too high.

    “The $1,000 requirement is too high,” said Monday Adikwu, with number 96NA/41/2808, who was dismissed from the Nigerian Army for leaving his duty post to visit his pregnant DC wife without permission.

     “They said we should provide evidence of military experience, passports and $1,000 for tickets and others. When I asked what the salary is, the guy first said $7,000 and later changed it to $3,300 per month. I showed him my military and training certificates.”

    The diplomat further said Ukraine was not recruiting mercenaries but volunteers. He, therefore, advised Nigerians not to focus on the money. He, however, promised that Nigerian volunteers would be paid the same as Ukrainian soldiers.

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