An MSNBC commentator has reportedly left the network to join an international legion fighting alongside Ukraine to repel a Russian invasion.
Malcolm Nance, the former Navy intelligence officer who has been an on-air analyst at Comcast-owned cable network since 2007, made an appearance Monday episode of Joy Reid’s evening show “The ReidOut” in military attire and combat gear.
Nance also appeared while carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
He informed Reid Monday that he had joined the International Legion of Territorial Defense in Ukraine.
According to Reid, the Legion consists of 20,000 volunteers from 52 countries who have volunteered to help Ukrainian forces fight the Russian military.
“I spent quite a bit of time here in the pre-war period, and when the invasion happened I had friends who were in Donetsk who were in the Ukrainian army who wrote to us and said, ‘We’re not going to survive tonight . We’ve been hit 500 times,” Nance told Reid on Monday.
“The more I saw of the war, the more I thought I was done talking. It’s time to act here,” Nance said.
“About a month ago I joined the International Legion here in Ukraine and I am here to help this country fight a war of annihilation.”
Nance added: “This is an existential war and Russia has taken it to these people and is killing civilians en masse. And there are people like me here who will do something about it.”
Nance, the author of several books on counterterrorism and national security, only appeared as an analyst on MSNBC on February 28 — days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
The Post reached out to MSNBC for comment.
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