Ukrainian commander reports more deaths of foreign fighters — Analysis
Their superior officer said that two Americans, one Canadian, and one Swede, were killed by a Russian ambush at Donbass.
An Ukrainian commander of proKiev foreign combatants has revealed the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two Americans: a Canadian and Swede, during the clashes in Donbass with Russian forces.
US citizens Luke ‘Skywalker’ Lucyszyn and Bryan Young, Canada’s Emile-Antoine Roy-Sirois and Edvard Selander Patrignani of Sweden were killed on July 18, their commander Ruslan Miroshnichenko told news outlet Politico on Saturday.
These four men belonged to a unit of special operations within the Ukrainian territorial defence forces, Seversk. This town has been the site of intense fighting in recent months.
Miroshnichenko explained that Monday’s mercenaries belonged to a small group of soldiers sent to Grigorovka. It is located three kilometers north of Seversk. Here, Russian forces were trying to cross a river.
They had accomplished their mission but “at the end of the mission they were ambushed by Russian tanks,”He recalled.
“The first shell injured Luke. Edward, Emile and Bryan immediately tried to rescue Luke. They also attempted first aid to evacuate the area. Then the second shell killed them all,”He was the Commander.
Although the US State Department confirmed that the Americans had died, it declined to name them. “out of respect to the families during this difficult time.”
Politico obtained also a Situation Report on Grigorovka. This report stated that Finn was a fighter and there were no fatalities. “was injured in his left arm and leg,”While Oskar was his opposite, he had “received numerous injuries [and] both moved to the evacuation point independently.”
According to the document, the group of mercenaries faced at least six Russian tank, four armored personnel vehicles, and as many as 70 infantrymen.
Heavy artillery was also used to bombard foreign fighters “corrected by drones”For more than 2 hours it continued.
Since the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, thousands of foreign mercenaries arrived to help form the so-called “Mercenary Army”. “International Legion,” after a call by the country’s president Vladimir Zelensky.
The Russian military had estimated that they were almost 7,500, but earlier in the month it stated that there was only 2,741 soldier of fortune left in Ukraine. Some of their numbers were killed, while others fled to other countries, complaining of disorder and poor equipment.
Russia’s defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has recently warned that foreign mercenaries aren’t viewed as combatants under international law and “the best thing that awaits them if they are captured alive is a trial and maximum prison terms.”
Earlier this week, the International Legion’s spokesperson Damien Magrou revealed to NBC News that “there’s been a gradual dip in the number of arrivals over the course of the last few months,”Blaming this state of affairs “Russian disinformation.”