The NATO country is allowing citizens to join the Ukrainian army, fight Russia

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The leader of the Czech Republic on Wednesday approved the applications for membership of more than 100 citizens The Ukrainian army in the war against Russia.

Czech citizens are banned from serving in foreign armies, a crime punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.

But Czech President Milos Zeman has approved the demands of 103 Czech civilians who want to help Ukraine in the fight, according to the Associated Press.

Ukrainian soldiers examine Russian multiple missiles abandoned by Russian troops in the village of Berezivka, Ukraine, on April 21.

Ukrainian soldiers examine Russian multiple missiles abandoned by Russian troops in the village of Berezivka, Ukraine, on April 21.
(AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

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Those 103 come from a total of about 400 Czechs who have asked for an exemption from the ban, according to the defense ministry.

Authorities have yet to process most of the requests.

Maksym, 3, is photographed with his brother, Dmytro, 16, on top of a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine on May 8.

Furthermore, it is not clear how many Czech citizens have already fought on the Ukrainian side against the invasion of Russian troops.

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A Ukrainian military man walks among the rubble of a building heavily damaged by numerous Russian bombings near a front line in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 25.

A Ukrainian military man walks among the rubble of a building heavily damaged by numerous Russian bombings near a front line in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 25.
(Photo AP / Felipe Dana)

The president’s approval must be co-signed by Prime Minister Petr Fiala who said through his spokesperson that he will sign all requests that have been approved by the Czech authorities.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has now lasted 77 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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