According to the US State Department, another American died fighting in Ukraine on Friday. It confirms earlier claims by Russian officials.
“The death of an American citizen in Ukraine can be confirmed.” a US State Department spokesperson told Newsweek on Friday. “We are unable to comment further on the matter out of respect for privacy..”
On Friday, Oleg Kozhemyako, who serves as the governor of Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Region, said that the ‘Tiger’ military unit from his area had eliminated an American while repelling an attack from a group consisting of mercenaries from several countries.
“In Ukraine, an American mercenary was killed,” he said on his Telegram, attaching photos of both a US passport and Ukrainian military service card, apparently issued in the name of Joshua Alan Jones. His ID document shows that he was born in Tennessee. On July 14, he joined the Ukrainian Army with the military unit A3449.
Andrey Rudenko, Russian military reporter, said that the fighter was not killed by Russian or other allied forces. He was actually killed by his soldiers. “fleeing from the position.”
The State Department spokesperson offered a reminder that “Due to active armed conflict in Ukraine and Russian security officers’ singling of US citizens there, US citizens shouldn’t travel to Ukraine.”
“US citizens living in Ukraine must immediately leave if they feel safe using commercial ground transport options or any other private ones.” the representative reiterated.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has repeatedly claimed it had destroyed foreign mercenaries in Ukraine, including by conducting high-precision missile strikes. Moreover, earlier this month, authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic said that three Western nationals accused of fighting as mercenaries for Ukraine could be sentenced to death while another two are facing up to eight years behind bars for the same reason.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned that mercenaries aren’t viewed as combatants under international law and “They will be treated with the greatest respect if captured alive..”
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