US Marine veteran volunteering in Ukraine killed outside of Bakhmut

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26-year-old Cooper “Harris” Andrews, a veteran of the US Marines from Cleveland, Ohio, was killed on April 19 while fighting in Ukraine.

Fox News reports that the State Department said in a statement, “We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Ukraine. We are in touch with the family and providing all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, we have nothing further to add.” 

A US official told Fox that Andrews was in active service for the Marines from January 20, 2017, to January 16, 2022, and had been stationed in North Carolina.

CNN reports Andrews was killed by a mortar in the middle of a battle on the outskirts of Bakhmut. Andrews reportedly was working with the Resistance Committee, an activist group in Ukraine. Andrews was working with the group as they tried to evacuate civilians from Bakhmut. 

CNN reports that Andrews’ mother said he was killed on an access road leading into Bakhmut called the “Road of Life,” which the Ukrainian military uses both to evacuate civilians and supply their forces.

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