26-year-old Cooper "Harris" Andrews, a veteran of the US Marines from Cleveland, Ohio, was killed on April 19 while fighting in Ukraine.
Fox News reports that the State Department said in a statement, "We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Ukraine. We are in touch with the family and providing all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, we have nothing further to add."
A US official told Fox that Andrews was in active service for the Marines from January 20, 2017, to January 16, 2022, and had been stationed in North Carolina.
CNN reports Andrews was killed by a mortar in the middle of a battle on the outskirts of Bakhmut. Andrews reportedly was working with the Resistance Committee, an activist group in Ukraine. Andrews was working with the group as they tried to evacuate civilians from Bakhmut.
CNN reports that Andrews' mother said he was killed on an access road leading into Bakhmut called the "Road of Life," which the Ukrainian military uses both to evacuate civilians and supply their forces.
The outlet reports Andrews also worked for the Ukrainian Foreign Legion, a group of foreign fighters aiding the Ukrainian military. His body has not been recovered from the country.
Jake Hanrahan posted of Andrews on Twitter and said he was a "good man and a kind soul."
According to the New York Post, Bakhmut has been called a "meat grinder" due to the number of bloody battles that have raged in the city as Russian forces try to capture the area.
Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The US has sent weapons and munitions to Ukraine with value of $30 billion dollars and another $50 million in humanitarian aid. On February 20, Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv and pledged another $500 million in aid.
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