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    Ukraine Needs More Troops Fighting Russia. Hardened Professionals from Colombia Are Helping

    Ukraine Needs More Troops Fighting Russia. Hardened Professionals from Colombia Are Helping

    KYIV, Ukraine — Melodic Colombian Spanish fills a hospital treating soldiers wounded fighting Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine's ranks are depleted by two years of war. As it battles the Russian war machine, Ukraine is welcoming hardened fighters from one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

    Professional soldiers from Colombia bolster the ranks of volunteers from around the world who have answered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call for foreign fighters to join his nation's war with .

    A 32-year-old from the of Medellín was trying to save a colleague wounded in three days of heavy fighting with Russian forces. Russian drones attacked the group and shrapnel from a grenade dropped by one pierced his jawbone.

    “I thought I was going to die,” said the man, who goes by the call sign Checho. The fighters insisted on being identified by their call signs because they feared for their safety and that of their families.

    “We got up and decided to run away from the position to save our lives,” Checho said. “There was nowhere to hide.”

    Colombia's military has been fighting drug-trafficking cartels and rebel groups for decades, making its soldiers some of the world's most experienced.

    With a military of 250,000, Colombia has Latin America's second-largest , after Brazil's. More than 10,000 retire each year. And hundreds are heading to fight in Ukraine, where many make four…

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