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Since the start of the war in Ukraine, a number of foreign fighters, including US citizens, have entered the country to help fight against Russian forces. Four months into the conflict, at least two American veterans fighting alongside the Ukrainian army have been captured, but the Kremlin says international POW laws do not apply. Matthew Schmidt, program coordinator for international affairs and associate professor of national security at the University of New Haven, explains the legality of American citizens fighting in foreign wars and the laws protecting captured soldiers.

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