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Foreigners ready to join Ukraine’s fight must pass tougher muster

By Robert Klemko

08 Apr 2022 · 5 min read

Canadian Igor Volzhanin was visiting friends here in late February, with plans to attend Louis C.K.'s stand-up comedy show in Kyiv, then jet to the Swiss Alps for a ski trip. Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine upended all that, and Volzhanin instead answered President Volodymyr Zelensky's call for foreign volunteers to help Ukraine fight back.

The 34-year-old former tech entrepreneur, who grew up in Toronto, has no military experience. He signed up anyway.

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