Why Thousands Of Foreign Fighters Have Gone To Ukraine : Consider This from NPR Two American citizens who'd traveled to Ukraine to join the fight against Russia have reportedly been captured by pro-Russian forces. The State Department says it's "closely monitoring" the situation and has urged Americans not to travel to the country, noting the risk and danger. But still, thousands of foreign fighters have journeyed there.

NPR's Ryan Lucas met some of them — a group of Americans and Brits who have formed a unit that is fighting in the east.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

The Foreign Fighters Who've Gone To Ukraine

The Foreign Fighters Who've Gone To Ukraine

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A fighter of the territorial defense unit, a support force to the regular Ukrainian army, holds a Kalashnikov gun decorated with Ukrainian flag. American and British foreigners have also traveled to the region to join the fighting. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A fighter of the territorial defense unit, a support force to the regular Ukrainian army, holds a Kalashnikov gun decorated with Ukrainian flag. American and British foreigners have also traveled to the region to join the fighting.

Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Two American citizens who'd traveled to Ukraine to join the fight against Russia have reportedly been captured by pro-Russian forces. The State Department says it's "closely monitoring" the situation and has urged Americans not to travel to the country, noting the risk and danger. But still, thousands of foreign fighters have journeyed there.

NPR's Ryan Lucas met some of them — a group of Americans and Brits who have formed a unit that is fighting in the east.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Noah Caldwell, and Kai McNamee. It was edited by Sami Yenigun and Nishant Dahiya.