3 Mar, 2022 @ 14:15
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From Murcia building site to war zone: Expat living in Spain joins Ukraine resistance

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A Ukrainian marine infantryman fires a machine gun in the direction of Russia-backed separatists during night combat on the front line near Vodyane village not far from the southeastern city of Mariupol late on June 10, 2018. Smoldering war in Ukraine has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.//KUDINOVVADIM_KUDINOV011562/Credit:Vadim Kudinov/SIPA/1806161150 *** Local Caption *** 00863944

AN EXPAT Ukrainian has abandoned his construction job in Murcia southern Spain to head to Kyiv to join the resistance against Putin’s invading forces.

Sergio Curas from Murcia is among thousands of Ukrainians abandoning their safe expat lives to return to their homeland to face the Russian army.

He and two friends left Murcia with news of the invasion on February 24 and is now in Kyiv where he has been trained in the basics of resistance fighting.

“We used to be normal citizens, and we left our job to join the war,” he told Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 in a live video call from the frontline.

“There are three or four bombings every day targeting civilians and destroying homes,” he said.

“We are going to get weapons and we are going to wait for them,” he said of the Russian soldiers who are currently marching towards the capital.

“I feel very proud of the Ukrainians, they are resisting the aggressiveness of the Kremlin,” he said. “If we don’t help them, who is going to help?”

Fighting alongside Ukrainians are other nationalities, many of them ex-servicemen, who feel moved to travel to the embattled country to fight against Putin’s forces.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has created the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine and called on foreign volunteers to help Ukraine fight the Russian troops. 

“I invite you to contact foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in your respective countries. Together we defeated Hitler, and we will defeat Putin, too,” said Dmytro Kuleba, minister of foreign affairs of Ukraine.


Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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