More than 66,200 Ukrainian men have returned from abroad to join fight against Russian invasion

More than 66,200 men have returned to Ukraine from abroad to join the fight against the Russian invasion, the country’s defence minister has said.

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky had urged citizens to defend the country after Russia launched an all-out attack last week.

Men of military age have been barred from leaving Ukraine due to the war, which is estimated to have killed hundreds of civilians in its first 10 days.

While more than one million have fled to escape the conflict, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are said to have poured across the border into the warzone to fight.

“66,224. That’s how many men returned from abroad at this moment to defend their country from the horde,” Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s defence minister, tweeted on Saturday.

“These are 12 more combat and motivated brigades! Ukrainians, we are invincible.”

It comes as Russian forces pressed on with their attack in recent days, bombarding cities with missiles and engaging in heavy fighting across the country.

Other Ukrainians are supporting the war effort by making and organising supplies to send to troops fighting the invasion.

Thousands of foreigners have also volunteered to fight for the country, according to Mr Zelensky, who appealed for more to follow in their footsteps.

“Anyone who wants to join the defence of Ukraine, Europe and the world can come and fight side by side with the Ukrainians against the Russian war criminals,” Mr Zelensky said earlier.

Russia launched their invasion by land, sea and air on 24 February after the threat had loomed for weeks.