Washington, USA (CNN) — A US Army veteran from Marshfield, Wisconsin, died in action in Ukraine on February 16, CNN affiliate WSAW-TV reported.
“We can confirm the death of US citizens in Ukraine,” a State Department spokesperson told CNN on Friday. “We are in contact with their families and providing all possible consular assistance.”
According to WSAW-TV, Andrew Peters, 28, joined the International Corps for the Defense of Ukraine, which was set up by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to allow foreign citizens to “join the resistance against Russian occupiers and fight for global security,” according to the Corps’ official website.
According to WSAW-TV, his parents issued a statement, saying, “Andrew had a strong sense of what was right and wrong. He felt the need to use his ex-military fighting skills to help the Ukrainian people fight and liberate their country. Andrew was very close to his fellow soldiers, and was He is loved by all. We are all very proud of his courage and self-sacrifice.”
“Out of respect for the privacy of families during this difficult time, we have nothing to add,” said a State Department spokesperson.
Peter’s company said he toured Afghanistan in 2014.