“This is where I know I should be” Norwegian Sandra Anderson Eira joined the Ukrainian Foreign Legion to fight against Russia
Sandra Anderson Eira, a former professional fisherman from Norway, joined the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine. She fought in a six-man unit made up of most Americans. About three percent of the force is female, according to the legion.
“This is where I know I should be. I feel morally obligated to be here,” she said. “In the last big war, it was my country in need of aid, and all the other countries stepped up.
Now it’s our turn to step up.” Eira, who has been on the front lines for the majority of the war, said the veteran soldiers she’s fought alongside have stressed the unique nature of the invasion. “Because this is a trench-fighting war with modern-day technology,” she explained, “it’s a war unlike anyone has ever seen.”