A US citizen recently died in Ukraine, the State Department says


Washington
CNN

A US citizen has recently died in Ukraine, the US State Department announced on Monday, the latest American to die in the country since Russia invaded in February.

Although the State Department did not release the individual’s name, the International Defense Legion of Ukraine identified Timothy Griffin as the US citizen killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Griffin “participated in a counterattack with his unit on the eastern front and was killed in action,” the International Defense Legion of Ukraine said in a statement, calling Griffin “our brother in arms.”

The State Department and the Ukrainian International Legion said they were in contact with the family of the deceased and asked the public to respect their privacy.

At least five other Americans have died in the country fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Dane Partridge, 34, died last month after Russian vehicles ambushed him and others cleaning trenches in eastern Ukraine, his sister told CNN. Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, was killed on April 25, his mother told CNN. And Stephen Zabielski died in mid-May, the State Department confirmed.

Two more Americans were killed in the Donbas region in July, the department said. One of them was Luke Lucyszyn, his mother told CNN.

The US has urged Americans not to travel to Ukraine at this time due to the active armed conflict and the Russian government’s “segregation of US citizens in Ukraine”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has stated that Kiev’s goal is to liberate all of Ukraine, including Crimea, and the Ukrainian military has repeatedly exceeded most Western expectations.

But Russia has been preparing defensive lines designed to slow Ukraine’s advances, and Ukraine’s counteroffensives in the east and south are still relatively small compared to the size of the occupied territories, although they have retaken thousands of square kilometers.

Senior US officials have urged Ukraine in recent weeks to signal its openness to diplomatic talks with Russia, amid concerns that public support for the country’s war effort sees no end to the conflict and an unwillingness to begin peace. interviews, sources familiar with the discussions told CNN on Monday.