WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Marine was killed combating alongside Ukrainian forces within the struggle with Russia, his family instructed information shops in what is the first identified dying of a U.S. citizen combating in Ukraine.
Rebecca Cabrera instructed CNN her son, Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, was killed Monday whereas working for a army contracting firm that despatched him to Ukraine.
Cabrera mentioned her son was working as a corrections officer in Tennessee and had signed as much as work with the non-public army contractor shortly earlier than combating started in Ukraine in late February. She instructed CNN he agreed to go to Ukraine.
“He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn’t come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to be involved in it,” she mentioned.
Cabrera mentioned her son’s physique has not been discovered.
“They haven’t found his body,” she mentioned. “They are trying, the men that were with him, but it was either grab his body or get killed, but we would love for him to come back to us.”
She mentioned her son flew to Poland on March 12 and entered Ukraine shortly after. She mentioned he was combating alongside males from a lot of international locations.
The U.S. has not confirmed the stories. On Friday, the State Department mentioned it was conscious of the stories and is “closely monitoring the situation. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment. We once again reiterate U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials, and that U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options.”
Cancel’s widow, Brittany Cancel, instructed Fox News he leaves behind a younger son and that she sees her husband as a hero.
“My husband did die in Ukraine,” Brittany Cancel mentioned. “He went there wanting to help people, he had always felt that that was his main mission in life.”
She mentioned her husband volunteered to go to Ukraine but additionally had aspirations of turning into a police officer or firefighter.
“He had dreams and aspirations of being a police officer or joining FDNY,” she told Fox. “Naturally when he found out about what was happening in Ukraine he was eager to volunteer.”
AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report from Washington.
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