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A second US citizen has died in combat in Ukraine in recent days, according to an obituary published by his family and confirmed by the State Department, according to The Washington Post newspaper.

The obituary, published in the Montgomery County newspaper Recorder in New York, identifies the deceased as Stephen Zabielski, 52, and states that he died on May 15.

The State Department has said it is in contact with the family and has provided “every possible consular assistance,” according to official sources cited by the newspaper, who have declined to give further details “out of respect for the family in these cases.” name difficult times.” .

According to information from Rolling Stone magazine, citing people familiar with the matter, Zabielski was a US Army veteran who would have died after stepping on an anti-personnel mine, although there is currently no official confirmation.

Zabielski’s death comes about two weeks after the family of former Marine Willy Joseph Cancel was killed in Ukraine. Cancel, 22, worked for a private military company and was sent to Ukraine by the company, according to his mother, Rebecca Cabrera.

It also comes amid reports of the disappearance of Americans Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh on the outskirts of Kharkov in connection with clashes with Russian troops commanded by the Ukrainian 92 pro-Russian separatists.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC on Monday that Russia “cannot guarantee” that it will not be sentenced to death for its role in the war. “I can’t guarantee anything. It depends on the investigation,” he said.

In this vein, Peskov argued that the two Americans “should be responsible for the crimes they committed,” stressing that both were involved in “illegal activities” on Ukrainian territory and that they shot at Russian soldiers at risk of their lives, for which “they committed crimes.” have committed.”

Source europapress.es

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