Two American volunteers were killed in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine last week.
On Sunday, Ruslan Miroshnichenko, the volunteer’s commander identified them as Luke “Skywalker” Lucyszyn and Bryan Young.
They were part of a special operations force within the Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Miroshnichenko said.
“Their unit has been based near Siversk, a town in eastern Donetsk oblast that has been the target of Russia’s invasion force,” according to Politico.
Miroshnichenko said the American operators were emplaced in a firing position to target Russian forces trying to cross a river in the village of Hryhorivka.
The foreign soldiers were sent on their mission to assist the Ukraine troops because of their previous experience in foreign wars, according to a situation report.
“We began preparations for clearing the ravine on the eastern outskirts of the Grigorovka village,” read the report, authored by a commander. “The preparation was carried out on the basis of the following information: At night, the enemy force crossed the river and entrenched themselves in a ravine, possibly digging in. There was a clear danger of creating a bridgehead and grouping a force to strike at the flank and rear of the grouping of our troops.”
“A group of professionals with relevant experience in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was created to carry out the task. Two scouts were checking the territory, they were supported by a machine gun and grenade launcher group in case of a combat encounter and the need to cover the departure of the reconnaissance group, as well as for the purpose of inflicting fire damage on the enemy.”
“They did it successfully. But at the end of the mission they were ambushed by Russian tanks,” Miroshnichenko said. “The first shell injured Luke. Three guys, Edward, Emile, and Bryan, they immediately attempted to help Luke, to do first aid, and evacuate him from this spot. Then the second shell killed them all.”
Emile-Antoine Roy-Sirois was a volunteer from Canada and Edvard Selander Patrignani was from Sweden.
According to NBC News, Luke Lucyszyn, 31, originally volunteered to go to Ukraine as a medic with the intention of helping people.
“He didn’t go there to be a hero. He went there because he wanted to help people,” his mother said.
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