24-year-old American allegedly killed fighters in Ukraine’s Donbass region

(The Hill) – A 24-year-old man from Memphis, Tennessee, was the latest American killed in the conflict in Ukraine, according to reports that he died fighting Russian forces in the disputed region of Donbass.

“The American mercenary was destroyed in Ukraine,” Russian official Oleg Kozhemyako said in a Telegram post, Newsweek reported.

The governor of the Primorsky Krai region in eastern Russia, Kozhemyako, reportedly said that volunteers from Primorsky’s “Tiger” detachment killed the American citizen “in the first clash, literally immediately after he came to the line head on!”

Reports say Kozhemyako also shared images of a US passport and a Ukrainian military ID, but the media did not name the victim.

The Hill contacted the State Department for more information. The department confirmed the death of an American to USA Today, but declined to confirm his identity.

The American was reportedly killed in the Donbass region, where much of the recent fighting has been concentrated.

“Donbass is almost destroyed by Russian strikes, devastated. Proud and glorious Ukrainian Donetsk has been humiliated by the Russian occupation and robbed,” Ukrainian President Zelensky said in a speech on Sunday.

“Russia brought the most terrible thing there – absolute disregard for the value of all life, absolute disrespect for anyone. The invaders brought degradation and death.

A number of American deaths have now been reported in Ukraine during the war, including video journalist Brent Renaud, US Navy veteran Willy Joseph Cancel, Stephen Zabielski and Jimmy Hill, who was killed while waiting in a line of bread.

Volunteer soldiers Luke Lucyszyn and Bryan Young were reportedly ambushed by Russian tanks and killed in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine in July.


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