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A 22-year-old former US marine has been killed preventing in Ukraine towards Vladimir Putin’s forces, his household have reportedly stated.
Willy Joseph Cancel was primarily based in Ukraine the place he was being paid to combat with a non-public navy contracting firm, his mom Rebecca Cabrera stated on Monday
He had joined the agency in addition to working full-time as a corrections officer in Tennessee earlier than the Ukraine invasion started in February.
The previous Marine then agreed to exit to Ukraine when the warfare began.
His household have stated that his physique has not been discovered, stated his mom.
Ms Cabrera instructed CNN: “He wished to go over as a result of he believed in what Ukraine was preventing for, and he wished to be part of it to include it there so it did not come right here, and that perhaps our American troopers would not need to be concerned in it.”
Mr Cancel is believed to have been preventing in a bunch of males from totally different international locations having crossed into Ukraine in mid-March.
Now his household are seeing whether it is doable to get his physique again dwelling.
“They have not discovered his physique,” stated Ms Cabrera.
“They’re making an attempt, the lads that had been with him, however it was both seize his physique or get killed, however we’d love for him to return again to us.”
US authorities have reportedly stated they’re “monitoring the scenario” however haven’t made any remark.
An official reportedly stated: “We as soon as once more reiterate US residents shouldn’t journey to Ukraine because of the lively armed battle and the singling out of US residents in Ukraine by Russian authorities safety officers, and that US residents in Ukraine ought to depart instantly whether it is protected to take action, utilizing any business or different privately obtainable floor transportation choices.”