American newspaper: Western fighters killed in Donbass


The American newspaper, Politico, said that foreign fighters were killed while participating in battles with Ukrainian forces in the Donbass region in the east of the country.


On Saturday evening, the newspaper quoted exclusive statements of the commander of foreign fighters, Ruslan Miroshchenko, in which he said that 4 foreign fighters, Americans, Canadians and Swedish, were killed on July 18 in battles against Russian forces in Donbass.

Miroshchenko added that the fighters were part of a special operations unit stationed near the city of “Seversk” in the eastern Donetsk region within the territorial defense forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Miroshchenko stated that the Americans were Luc Lucisin and Brian Young, as well as Canadian Emile Antoine Roy Sirois and Swede Edward Selander Patrignani.

The newspaper reported that the (unnamed) US State Department spokesman confirmed last Friday the killing of the Americans, without mentioning their names.


“We are in contact with the families and provide them with all possible consular assistance,” he said.

There has been no official comment from the three countries yet.

On February 24, the Russian army launched an attack on Ukraine, followed by international rejection and severe economic sanctions against Moscow.

To end its operation, Russia requires Kyiv to abandon plans to join military entities and to remain neutral, which the latter considers an “interference” in its sovereignty.