Sniper killed by Brazilian model in bunker fire in Ukraine

A Brazilian model in Ukraine died of suffocation after being trapped in a burning bunker fighting a sniper, her devastated family has revealed.

Thalita do Valle, 39, killed in Russian rocket attack on city Kharkiv With her death on June 30 first reported this week.

Theo Rodrigo Vieira, her brother, has now spoken out to reveal that she suffocated after being separated from her unit and then trapped inside a flaming bunker.

Thalita do Valle, 39, died fighting for Ukraine in Kharkiv city on June 30 after being trapped in a burning bunker during an artillery barrage.

Thalita was in Ukraine for only three weeks before her death, working as a rescuer and a sharpshooter – providing cover for Kyiv soldiers.

Thalita was in Ukraine for only three weeks before her death, working as a rescuer and a sharpshooter – providing cover for Kyiv soldiers.

A photographer and model in her youth, Thalita trained as a sharpshooter while fighting for the Qudish Peshmerga forces in Iraq against ISIS (pictured)

A photographer and model in her youth, Thalita trained as a sharpshooter while fighting for the Qudish Peshmerga forces in Iraq against ISIS (pictured)

Douglas Burigo, 40, a Brazilian fellow who was also fighting in Ukraine, died in the same attack while trying to save him.

Brother Theo said: ‘There were frequent attacks and the battalion was divided.

Thalita went to the bunker. fire was already [and] The bunker closed with him from inside.

‘In the interval between the bombings his friend returned to rescue him and died. She died of suffocation, she had not received shrapnel.

He revealed that Thalita was born in Ribeirao Preto, in the south of Brazil, but lived for 30 years in the regional capital of So Paulo.

She had been a model and actress in her youth before studying law, then went on to work with charities that helped save animals.

Later in life he gained a taste for warfare, traveling to Iraq to join Kurdish Peshmerga forces, fighting against ISIS which had trained him to be a sniper.

Theo said he had traveled to Ukraine just three weeks before being deported to the city of Kharkiv, which is no longer under direct attack by Russia but is still subjected to frequent cross-border shelling.

Thalita sent messages from the front almost every day, Theo said, revealing that she was working as a rescuer as well as a sharpshooter.

She added that she was also responsible for providing protection to the Russian army from advancing.

Thalita's brother Theo said she was 'motivated by the spirit of saving people' and denied that she was a violent person – despite military training.

Thalita’s brother Theo said she was ‘motivated by the spirit of saving people’ and denied that she was a violent person – despite military training.

The attack also killed 40 former Brazilian Army soldier Douglas Burigo (pictured), who returned to the bunker to find Thalita.

The attack also killed 40 former Brazilian Army soldier Douglas Burigo (pictured), who returned to the bunker to find Thalita.

Theo said: ‘Thalita has always been involved in humanitarian missions with a country’s foreign military, or here in Brazil.

‘She was always inspired by the spirit of saving animals and humans.

‘My sister was always calm, a true progressive. Guns are part of a context, war, but he saved lives, he saved animals.

He never encouraged the youth to take up arms. She was a peace loving person.

His death made headlines as Ukraine’s military is waging a bloody battle with Russia in the east, with heavy losses on both sides.

Putin’s forces are slowly advancing along a small part of the front line, having captured the cities of Severodonnetsk and Lisichansk over the past 10 days.

Thalita is depicted during her time with Kurdish forces in Iraq, where she learned to be a sniper

Thalita is depicted during her time with Kurdish forces in Iraq, where she learned to be a sniper

Sloviansk and Kramatorsk are now the next targets, after which it can make a laudable claim to ‘liberate’ the entire Donbass region.

Ukraine’s military continues to be gunned down, but is paying blood for every yard of territory it receives from Russia, hoping that Putin’s forces will launch a counter-offensive to regain their lost territories. before it will drop down.

Such attacks are already underway in the south of the country, with Kyiv forces moving towards the city of Kherson.

Kherson – so far the only regional capital for Putin’s men during the invasion – is a strategically important stronghold that stretches to the Dnipro River.

Taking it back is an equally big question for Ukraine’s military, which to date has shown only limited counter-attack capability during the war.

However, if they are successful it will deal a heavy blow to Russian claims of ‘victory’ and leave other regions in the south vulnerable.