(Printed Permission From NavySeal.com) With the specter of Russian involvement in Ukraine, South Korea banned its residents from touring there in early February. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped a few of their residents from making their manner into the energetic struggle zone as volunteer troopers.
Most notably, veteran and YouTuber, Ken Rhee, amongst others, made their manner into the nation to assist battle Russian forces. Rhee is a former member of The Republic of Korea Navy Particular Warfare Flotilla, the South Korean equal of Navy SEALs.
For touring with out permission, Rhee might be topic to fines, lack of his passport, and even jail time, if convicted. He has acknowledged he’ll confess, if and when he is ready to return residence. As well as, the nation may ban him from re-entering and stop him from acquiring a brand new passport as a South Korean citizen.
His mission, nevertheless, stays robust: to assist the individuals of Ukraine and to assist defend their territory from Russian forces. He brings prior particular opps data to the desk, whereas volunteering on this seemingly unstructured mission.
Rhee served with the Korean Particular Warfare for eight years, earlier than becoming a member of an alternate program the place he got here to the U.S. to work with Navy SEALs. Rhee accomplished BUD/s coaching and remained with the American unit for 2 years earlier than returning to South Korea to work as an teacher.
Rhee, 37, mentioned initially he and others tried to journey with South Korean permission, however there was a lot pushback. As a substitute, the crew of 4 left of their very own means.
Rhee has not named his journey companions. He continues to submit updates on Instagram, together with calling out the South Korean authorities to assist.
“My staff has arrived safely in Ukraine. Somewhat than waste time looking for to invalidate our passports, take into consideration how one can assist,” he wrote in an Instagram submit.
In his posts, he has additionally cited the previous as extra motivation. Particularly, different international locations’ assist in the Korean struggle; now it’s their probability to pay it again, and pay it ahead. In addition to, he mentioned, it’s simply the best factor to do.
Based mostly on Rhee’s social media posts, it additionally seems to be like he traveled together with his personal gear. He and three others formally landed on March 7th.