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 American Donbas Battalion Member Dies in Fierce Fighting for Ilovaisk - KyivPost

An American has reportedly become the first foreign casualty on the Ukrainian side of the military conflict against Russian mercenaries and Kremlin-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports, citing KyivPost.

Identified only under his nom de guerre of "Franko", he reportedly died from heavy artillery fire while trying to free the town of Ilovaisk in Donetsk Oblast on Aug. 19 while serving in the volunteer Donbas Battalion.

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In a Vice News report in which he featured prominently, Franko said he was a private in a six-man squad within the battalion, while claiming to have "professional military experience." His code name apparently was inspired by the famed Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko. In the video, he speaks with what sounds like an east coast American accent and appears to be aged in his 60s. He emphasized in the interview that he had taken on Ukrainian citizenship before joining the fight in the east.

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