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On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

'Really Have to Think About It': Captured UK Mercenary Tells Brits Not to Join Fighting in Ukraine

© Russian Ministry of DefenceAndrew Hill - British mercenary, who was injured and captured by the Russian military in Ukraine
Andrew Hill - British mercenary, who was injured and captured by the Russian military in Ukraine - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.04.2022
Following the start of the Russian special military operation, Kiev's regime called on foreigners to come to Ukraine to fight on its side against the Russian military. Moscow believes that at least 7,000 mercenaries from over 60 countries have answered the call and advised states to prevent their citizens from travelling to Ukraine.
A British mercenary who was injured and captured by the Russian military in Ukraine has advised his compatriots to think twice before answering Kiev's call to join the foreign legion as he responded to questions on footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry.

"You really have to think about it […] It does not involve us", a mercenary named Andrew Hill said while responding to a question as to what he would tell his compatriots regarding the idea of joining the Ukrainian forces.

Hill was captured in the Nikolaev region located in Ukraine's south-west.
In the video, he could be seen with his left hand in bandages and with his right hand covered in blood. The mercenary said he received first aid from the Russian soldiers and was assured by the interrogator that he will receive further assistance and that his life was not in danger.
The captured British national said that he entered Ukraine via the border with Poland, presumably near the city of Rzeszow. He joined a group of seven other mercenaries, but apart from that couldn't say much – he was fed an absolute minimum of information and did not even know who was giving orders to his group.
Hill also said that despite multiple promises to be paid for his service, no one from his group has ever received any money from Ukraine.
The British citizen has four children and a partner waiting for him in the UK, but the Russian soldiers couldn't say how soon he will be able to return to them.
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