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(ABC News: Isabella Higgins)

ABC’s Europe correspondent Isabella Higgins meets with a spokesperson for Ukraine’s International Army, Damien Magro Corporal in Lviv.

His unit is filled with foreign fighters from around the world who want to help Ukraine’s military.

Corporal Magro stated that legionnaires are soldiers, not mercenaries, who receive the same pay and conditions as their Ukrainian counterparts, and should be treated as prisoners of war if captured.

“I know we have some Australian recruits, I am not able to comment on the numbers … Australia is not among the most represented nationalities, but we have some,” he said.

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New soldiers must also learn to speak the language of war, with Dozens of different dialects spoken among recruits,

“We have more than 52 nationalities … so there are always going to be problems with the language,” he said.

“Language is one of the factors we look at when we create combat units, to make sure everyone always has someone they can communicate with.”

He said that the recruits should have military experience as they do not have time to train them from the major to the front lines.

“The process is fairly quick in terms of getting them tested at our recruitment center, making sure they have the experience that they have, and then signing contracts with them.

“I can tell you for sure that [this legion] Not only making a symbolic difference, we have several combat units deployed at the front [lines],

Reporting by Europe correspondent Isabella Higgins in Lviv.

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