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Ukraine: Meet the four Frenchmen defending the DPR frontline01:34

Ukraine: Meet the four Frenchmen defending the DPR frontline

Ukraine, Donetsk
August 28, 2014 at 14:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Four French volunteers fighting for the military arm of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic talked with Ruptly in Donetsk, Thursday.

The Frenchmen, named Michel, Victor, Nicolas and Guiyom, say they came to Donetsk in mid-August to assist the local population and help "re-inform" the French public about the conflict. One of their members criticised the French media for portraying Russia as the "aggressor" in the conflict.

The experienced recruits commented on the weakening "fighting spirit" of Kiev troops in the conflict, and the heavy damage to civilian areas from Kiev's shelling. The Frenchmen say they are planning to set up a French and Serbian brigade as part of the DPR's militias, hoping to bring more foreign recruits to the frontline.

The barracks where the four Frenchmen were living were shelled Monday, forcing the volunteers to seek new living quarters.

Ukraine: Meet the four Frenchmen defending the DPR frontline01:34
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Four French volunteers fighting for the military arm of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic talked with Ruptly in Donetsk, Thursday.

The Frenchmen, named Michel, Victor, Nicolas and Guiyom, say they came to Donetsk in mid-August to assist the local population and help "re-inform" the French public about the conflict. One of their members criticised the French media for portraying Russia as the "aggressor" in the conflict.

The experienced recruits commented on the weakening "fighting spirit" of Kiev troops in the conflict, and the heavy damage to civilian areas from Kiev's shelling. The Frenchmen say they are planning to set up a French and Serbian brigade as part of the DPR's militias, hoping to bring more foreign recruits to the frontline.

The barracks where the four Frenchmen were living were shelled Monday, forcing the volunteers to seek new living quarters.