A U.S. citizen has been killed while fighting in Ukraine. A condolence message and a statement from the foreign ministry confirmed the matter. The U.S. citizen was one of the thousands of volunteer fighters who fought for Ukraine against Russia. Khabar Al-Jazeera.
Stephen Zabielski, 52, a U.S. citizen, was killed on May 15, according to The Recorder’s mourning news earlier this month. The newspaper is published from the northern part of New York State. However, the news of his death came to light on Monday.
In a statement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the death of Jabielski in Ukraine. He also said that he was keeping in touch with his family and providing all kinds of consular assistance.
The spokesman also reiterated the warning that US citizens should not travel to Ukraine because of the war. It also mentioned the possibility of the Russian government identifying US citizens separately. The statement also said that US citizens should leave Ukraine immediately.
Meanwhile, the news agency Interfax quoted sources as saying that two US citizens detained in Ukraine are currently being held in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region.
The Kremlin said yesterday that two U.S. citizens captured in Ukraine were mercenaries. They will not receive the status of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. They should face trial for their actions.
Last Friday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that mercenaries and military experts from 64 countries were involved in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Among them, about two thousand foreign mercenaries were killed.
It added that the United States was the second largest source of mercenaries from North America. 530 people came to Ukraine from that country. Of those, 214 were killed and 227 fled Ukraine.