Ex-US marine killed in Ukraine after signing to fight Russians 2022-04-28 22:55:00


This week, a former US Marine who had been hired to fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers against Russian invaders was killed.

Willie Joseph Cansel, 22, was paid by a private military contracting company to fight in Ukraine when he died Monday, family members He told CNN.

“He wanted to go because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there, so he didn’t come here and maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to get involved,” Cancel’s mother, Rebecca Cabrera told CNN.

Cancellation flew to Poland on March 12 and arrived in Ukraine the next day to fight alongside men from “all the different countries”, it was reported.

His mother explained that the circumstances of Cang’s death were not immediately clear, and that officials who informed his family of his death did not recover him.

Cabrera reportedly said: “They haven’t found his body.” “They’re trying, the guys who were with him, but they either take his body or get killed, but we’d love for him to come back to us.”

Cancel, a native of Orange County, New York, is said to have signed up for a contract earlier this year to supplement his full-time job as a corrections officer in Tennessee.

Emergency services operate in the area after an explosion in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022.
The cancellation was paid for by a private military contracting company to fight in Ukraine.
AFP / Emilio Morenati

According to the article, he left a 7-month-old baby and a wife.

The US State Department reportedly said it was “closely monitoring the situation”, reiterating its recommendation that US citizens should avoid travel to Ukraine “due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of Russian government security officials with US citizens in Ukraine.”

Devin Titz Jr., Cancellation’s son-in-law, told CNN that the military man was “the kind of guy who fights for what’s right no matter the outcome,” and “always puts everyone before himself.”

James Whitney Hill, of Idaho, is seen in a Facebook photo.
James Whitney Hill, a US citizen who had lived in Ukraine and worked as a teacher for 25 years, was killed last month.
Facebook / Jimmy Hill

“He was just a really thoughtful person,” Cabrera reportedly added. “He always kept everyone laughing and calming down. He was the guy who stood up when everyone else stood.”

Cancel was not the first American to die in the conflict. James Whitney Hill, 67, Killed in an attack on Chernihiv bread line last month. His family members told The Post he had been living in Ukraine and working as a teacher for 25 years.

The former New York Times contributor was Brent Reno, 51 fatal shot to the neck by Russian forces at Irbin days before Hill’s death. American photojournalist Juan Arredondo was also wounded in that attack.

More than 20,000 volunteers and veterans from 52 countries have signed up to join the Ukrainian Army’s International Corps of Foreign Fighters who wanted to defend the country from Russia’s unprovoked attack, CNN reported.

British officials said a resident of the United Kingdom was killed Thursday in Ukraine and another is missing.

with wire