“We have been in contact with the family and have provided all consular assistance possible. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have nothing else,” the spokesperson said.
He was 52 and survived by his wife and five stepchildren, according to the obituary.
US citizens Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Hartselle, Alabama, had fought alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv.
The last time his wife and close friends had heard from Kurpasi was in April. He chose to volunteer alongside Ukrainians in Ukraine, but initially didn’t see himself fighting on the front lines, a family friend told CNN.
The United States has urged Americans not to travel to Ukraine at this time due to the active armed conflict and the “selection of American citizens in Ukraine” by the Russian government.
This story has been updated with additional background information.