Second known American killed while fighting in Ukraine

“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.

According to his obituary, published June 1 in “The Recorder,” a New York state newspaper, Zabielski “died on Sunday, May 15, 2022, while fighting the war in the village of Dorozhniank, Ukraine.” .

He was 52 and survived by his wife and five stepchildren, according to the obituary.

Zabielski is the second known American to be killed in action in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in late February. Marine Corps veteran Willy Cancel was killed in April fighting alongside Ukrainian forces. He worked for a private military contracting company.
Recently, two American volunteers fighting for Ukraine, missing since June 9, were captured last week and taken into custody by Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk, according to Russian state media.

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.

CNN reported that the third American the State Department has identified as missing in Ukraine is US Navy veteran Grady Kurpasi.

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.

American citizens are among the many foreign nationals who have left their country to join the fight in Ukraine.

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.

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