Tennessee man, 24, whose death was confirmed on Friday is at least the seventh American to die fighting in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began
- The man’s name has not yet been released out of respect for the family, a US State Department spokesperson said on Friday, Newsweek reported
- Oleg Kozhemyako, governor of Russia’s far eastern Primorsky Krai region made the announcement
- The governor said that the ‘American mercenary’ was killed by Russian volunteers from the Primorsky ‘Tiger’ Detachment
A 24-year-old man from Tennessee, who went to the frontlines to fight with the Ukrainian army, was killed by Russian forces this week, officials said.
The soldier’s name has been released by the Russian media, but his name was not released by the US government out of respect for the family, a State Department spokesperson said on Friday, Newsweek reported.
The State Department spokesperson did confirm the young man’s death.
Oleg Kozhemyako, governor of Russia’s far eastern Primorsky Krai region, made the announcement. He revealed the soldier’s name and said that volunteers from the Primorsky ‘Tiger’ Detachment were responsible, the news outlet reported.
‘An American mercenary has been destroyed in Ukraine. And this is in the first clash literally immediately after arriving at the front line!’ Kozhemyako wrote in a telegram, a report said.
The man was part of a group of trained foreign mercenaries and was killed by Russian volunteers from the Primorsky ‘Tiger’ Detachment unit.
Kozhemyako said when the mercenaries approached the ‘Tiger’ volunteers they ‘did not flinch and repulsed the attack, a report said.
New members of the Dzhokhar Dudayev Chechen volunteer battalion take part in a training session in the Kyiv region on August 27, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, an American citizen, was killed fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in Ukraine. He was working with a private military contracting company when he was killed
American Bryan Young was killed in action in Ukraine on July 18
Stephen Zabielski, 52, a US citizen was killed in combat in Ukraine
Luke Lucyszyn is among the Americans killed in the fighting in Ukraine
The governor would not reveal where the killing took place but did share some documents that indicated that the man had enrolled with Ukraine’s armed forces nearly five weeks ago, on July 24, with the A344 military unit.
The soldier may have been a ‘marksman or shooter,’ according to some images that are circulating online but the US State Department could not confirm the authenticity of the photos.
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) ombudsman for human rights Daria Morozova said the American was killed on Tuesday while fighting in the Kharkiv region. She said his body has been transferred to a mortuary in the DPR, CNN reported.
Morozova said she had informed US officials and the head of the United Nations human rights monitoring mission confirmed their ‘readiness to hand over his remains to his relatives for burial,’ Morozova said, the news outlet reported.
‘I want to reiterate that mercenaries are not being considered as combatants and the international humanitarian laws are not valid in their cases. These individuals are stripped of any immunity during the fighting,’ she said.
Morozova urged that ‘any foreign nationals who came to Ukraine with militaristic purposes immediately leave the territory of the said country
She added: ‘Otherwise nobody will be held responsible for their lives and security.’
This week marked six months since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked war with Ukraine that started on February 24, 2022.
It has been described as the ‘largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the war-torn region with parts of the Ukrainian region completely decimated by heavy artillery and bombing. Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and innocent civilians have been killed.
Seven American soldiers have been killed since the war began. Among the deceased are Luke Lucyszyn; Bryan Young; Willy Joseph Cancel and Stephen Zabielski.