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Korean YouTuber-turned-Ukraine fighter Rhee Ken under prosecution for violating passport law

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  • Korean special forces officer-turned-YouTuber Ken Rhee is now under prosecution for passport law violation after traveling to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Rhee of violating the passport law as he disregarded a travel ban the Korean government imposed on Ukraine on Feb. 13.
  • Rhee, who returned to South Korea on May 27, said he voluntarily faced police questioning on June 10 and admitted to most of the charges.
  • “I saw what was going on and I said, ‘OK, this can't happen. I wish there was something I could do to help,’” he was quoted as saying. “I'm sure there are many ways to help the war effort [while staying in Korea]. But I was a military officer and I wanted to help in the best capacity that I could.”
  • Rhee now faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to 10 million won (approximately $7,730). He is hoping endorsements from Ukrainian authorities will help his case.

YouTuber Rhee Ken, the former Korean Navy special forces officer who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, is now under prosecution for passport law violation.

Rhee, who previously served as a lieutenant in the Korean Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Flotilla, was sent to prosecution without detainment on June 15 by the International Crime Investigation Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

Korean ex-Navy SEAL and YouTuber Rhee Ken is promoted to leader in Ukraine army

  • Former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant-turned-YouTuber Ken Rhee, 37, has reportedly been promoted to a leadership position in the Ukrainian military.
  • On Monday, Anton Gerashchenko, the official advisor for the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, posted on his Twitter that Rhee was being placed in a “leadership position” given his “special operations experience.”
  • The new rank would give the former Navy SEAL “a lot of leeway in planning missions against [Russian] forces,” added the official.
  • In an interview on Saturday, Rhee also shared that he had been injured while fighting Russian forces in Irpin, Ukraine, and was currently hospitalized.
  • Korean law forbids its citizens from traveling to Ukraine, and violators of the law, including Rhee, risk prison time and a potential fine of 10 million won ($7,913).

Former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant-turned-YouTuber Rhee Ken, 37, has reportedly been promoted to a leadership position in the Ukrainian military. 

On Monday, Anton Gerashchenko, the official advisor for and former deputy minister at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, posted on his Twitter that Rhee, a volunteer fighter for the International Legion, was being placed in a “leadership position” given his “special operations experience.”