Russia KILLS An American Citizen – Death Confirmed
(UnitedVoice.com) – An unknown number of Americans traveled to Ukraine after the Russian invasion began to help fight off the aggressors. Recently, Kremlin forced captured two American soldiers. Now, the State Department is confirming another US citizen has died in the conflict.
On June 1, The Recorder ran an obituary for Stephen D. Zabielski, who died on May 15 while fighting in Dorozhniank, Ukraine. The newspaper didn’t report anything else about how the 52-year-old passed away. State Department officials confirmed the American died while fighting a battle against the Russian military in Ukraine’s Donbas region. Officials were in contact with his family to provide them with consular assistance.
"We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Stephen Zabielski in Ukraine," a State Department spokesperson said. Zabielski is the second known American to be killed in combat in Ukraine. Here is his obit in a New York newspaper: https://t.co/OXqnr5H1k0
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At least three other Americans have died in Ukraine since the war began. One of those, former US Marine Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, also lost his life while fighting with Ukrainian forces. He died in April. The other two men were filmmaker Brent Renaud and James Hill. The latter was in the country caring for his hospitalized partner, who has multiple sclerosis.
In addition to the Americans who have lost their lives, Russia has captured two others who were fighting with Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has said the Geneva Conventions wouldn’t protect Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh and Alexander Drueke, and the Russian government isn’t taking the death penalty off of the table.
The State Department has warned Americans to stay out of Ukraine.
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