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Missing US marine confirmed dead in Ukraine

NewsMissing US marine confirmed dead in Ukraine

A United States marine veteran has been killed in Ukraine, according to an activist group operating in the country.

Cooper “Harris” Andrews, 26, was struck by a mortar round on April 19 during a fierce battle for a key section of road on the way to the city of Bakhmut, the Resistance Committee said in a statement on social media.

The group said that Andrews was killed as he attempted to defend evacuees.

The ex solider has joined up with a foreign legion of fighters assisting Ukrainian forces in their resistance against the Russian invasion.

Fox News credited a US official as saying that Andrews served in the marine corps from January 2017 to January 16, 2022.

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“We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in Ukraine. We are in touch with the family and providing all possible consular assistance,” the State Department said in a statement.

“Out of respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, we have nothing further to add.”

As the conflict reaches its fifteenth month, Russia continues its flagrant aggression towards the Ukraine.

Early on Monday, Russian forces launched another barrage of missiles, damaging buildings, killing two people and wounding 40 in the eastern city of Pavlohrad but failing to hit Kyiv, officials said.

Air raid sirens began blaring across the capital at about 3.45am, followed by the sounds of explosions as missiles were intercepted by Ukrainian defence systems.

Eighteen cruise missiles were fired in total from the Murmansk region and the Caspian region, and 15 of them were intercepted, said Ukrainian armed forces commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

The attack follows Friday’s launch of more than 20 cruise missiles and two explosive drones at Ukraine, which was the first to target Kyiv in nearly two months.

In that attack, Russian missiles hit an apartment building in Uman, about 135 miles (215km) south of Kyiv, killing 21 people including three children.

In Monday’s attack, missiles hit Pavlohrad, in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, killing two people and wounding 40, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Seven missiles were shot at the city and “some were intercepted” but others struck an industrial facility, sparking a fire, authorities said. Damage was reported to 24 apartment buildings, 89 homes, six schools and five shops, according to regional authorities.

Missiles also hit three other areas in the region, damaging residential buildings and a school, he said.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday that Russia conducted “a group missile strike with long-range precision-guided airborne and seaborne weapons on facilities of Ukraine’s defence industry… all designated facilities were struck”.

The attacks also damaged Ukraine’s power network infrastructure, which will take several days to repair, according to energy minister Herman Haluschenko.

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