Two Americans die in Ukraine, State Department says as war enters sixth month

Two US citizens have died in eastern Ukraine, the State Department confirmed on Saturday as the war in the country enters its sixth month.

“We can confirm the recent deaths of two US citizens in the Donbass region of Ukraine,” a spokesman for the department said. “We are in contact with the families and offer all possible consular support.”

The State Department declined to provide further details about the citizens’ identities or the manner of their deaths. It was not said what the men were doing in Ukraine.

“Out of respect for families at this difficult time, we have nothing further to add,” the State Department said.

Have at least three other US citizens died since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, two of whom were killed in action.

Former US Marine Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, was killed in April after agreeing to go to Ukraine as part of his work with a private military company, his mother, Rebecca Cabrera. said CNN back then. Cancel had gone to Ukraine in mid-March and was survived by his wife and their 7-month-old child, she said.

The following month, Stephen Zabielski, 52, of Hernando, Fla., was killed while fighting in the village of Dorozhniank.

Jim Hill of Idaho, who had been living in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, was also killed in March.

The State Department has repeatedly warned US citizens not to travel to Ukraine, saying that all US citizens still in Ukraine should leave Ukraine immediately.

Thousands have lost their lives in the ongoing conflict, according to the United Nations, which said on Monday that more than 5,100 civilians had died since the end of February, more than 340 of whom were children, the UN said. However, according to the United Nations, the actual number of civilian casualties is estimated to be much higher

In Ukraine, heavy fighting has been raging in the south of the country since Thursday, the British Ministry of Defense said in a briefing on Saturday.

Ukrainian forces continued an offensive against Russia in the Kherson province west of the Dnipro River, the ministry said, adding that “supply lines of Russian forces west of the river are increasingly at risk”.

The briefing came less than 24 hours after the US pledged an additional $270 million in military support to Ukraine, including drones, munitions and missile systems.

The White House is also considering sending US-made fighter jets to the country.

There have been no significant breakthroughs at the front since early July, when Russian troops captured the last two Ukrainian-occupied cities in the eastern province of Luhansk.

An unknown number of Americans, mostly from military backgrounds, have traveled to Ukraine to join the country’s Foreign Legion and fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers.

Veterans from several other countries were also killed and captured by Russian forces and Moscow-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

British aid worker Paul Urey, 45, who was accused of being a mercenary, died last week, an official of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said last week. The breakaway entity is only recognized by Russia, Syria, and North Korea.

Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death after being captured last month.

Abigail Williams reported from Washington and Rhoda Kwan from Taipei, Taiwan.

Reuters contributed.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/two-americans-die-ukraine-state-department-says-war-enter-sixth-month-rcna39681 Two Americans die in Ukraine, State Department says as war enters sixth month

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