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

Former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant turned YouTuber Rhee Ken, 37, has reportedly been promoted to a senior position in Ukraine's military.
On Monday, Anton Gerashchenko, the official adviser and former deputy minister of Ukraine's Interior Ministry, posted on his Twitter that Rhee, a volunteer fighter with the International Legion, will be transferred to a "leadership position" due to his "special operational experience."
The new rank would give the former Navy SEAL "a lot of leeway when planning missions against [Russian] forces," the official added.
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The post featured a series of photos of Rhee in uniform with a thick mustache, as opposed to his usual Instagram pics, where he's typically clean-shaven or has facial hair thinly trimmed.
According to a report by Korea JoongAng Daily, Rhee said in an interview with Novoye Vremya, a Ukrainian weekly, on Saturday that he was injured fighting Russian forces in Irpin, Ukraine, and is currently in a military hospital.
He also said he expects to be arrested on his return to Korea, citing the February 13 law that bans any citizen from traveling to Ukraine.
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"It is now illegal to be in Ukraine under Korean law," he said. "If I go back, I will be arrested at the airport because I took part in the war. I plan to get many official documents from the Ukrainian government and I hope this will help my process.”
Rhee originally announced on March 6 that he had "informally" left South Korea for Ukraine with his hand-picked special forces team.
He claimed he was responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call for help to the world despite Korean law banning citizens from entering the travel-banned country. Those found breaking the law face possible jail time and possible fines of 10 million won ($7,913).
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