BANGKOK: Far-off Thailand won’t appear an apparent place for recruits to Ukraine’s efforts to elevate a global volunteer drive to defend towards Russia’s invasion.
But for former Thai Air Force conscript turned political activist Chanaphong “Ball” Phongpai, the trigger is a pure match for members of the pro-democracy motion that emerged in 2020 to protest a military-backed authorities in the Southeast Asian nation.
Chanaphong, 28, mentioned he felt upset for the Ukrainian folks, significantly after reviews of Russian assaults on civilians.
“I have been involved in demanding democracy in my country … and opposing tyranny,” Chanaphong informed Reuters in an interview.
“They (Ukrainians) are also fighting for democracy and is now invaded by a superpower and a tyrant, so I asked myself what I can do for them,” he mentioned.
Chanaphong and 5 buddies visited the Ukrainian embassy in Bangkok on Wednesday (Mar 3) and met with a workers member there after registering on a website gathering data on potential recruits.
In a single day this week, a Thai-language on-line group gathered greater than 2,000 names of individuals in volunteering for Ukraine, the group’s organiser informed Reuters.
The Ukrainian embassy in Bangkok didn’t reply to a request for particulars from Reuters.
But the workers member who met with Chanaphong’s group, who requested that she not be named, mentioned that officers are contemplating candidates who want to submit on-line paperwork, together with proof of navy coaching and a clear legal file.
The workers member additionally requested potential volunteers to apply by electronic mail, not name or go to the embassy.