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Meet the Israelis Fighting in Ukraine's 'Foreign Legion'

It’s estimated that dozens of Israelis have answered the call from the Ukrainian Embassy in Tel Aviv to join the fight against Russia's invasion. Who are these foreign fighters, and what really motivates them?

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"I love Israel. I’m a patriot," says Yaroslav, a 22-year-old Israeli who immigrated to Israel from Kharkiv, Ukraine at age 12 with his parents. “But Ukraine is my birthplace. It’s my motherland…my best friend from childhood is now in the Ukrainian army. My grandma is now hiding in her apartment in Kharkiv."

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