American Stephen Zabielski killed in Ukraine, confirms the State Department

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The State Department confirms the death of Stephen Zabielski, an American who fought in Ukraine and who was killed on May 15 in the southern region of the country.

Zabielski, 52, is the last American national confirmed dead in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. He was killed in action while enlisting with Russian forces in a small southern village, according to an obituary published in The Recorder, his local newspaper.

The State Department has reportedly been in contact with Zabielski’s family to offer assistance, but no further information has been made public. At this time, the exact circumstances of his death and the location of his body are unknown.

“We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Stephen Zabielski in Ukraine,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “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.”

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Soldiers from the Irpin Territorial Defense and the Ukrainian Army hold flowers to be laid at the graves of comrades who fell during the Russian occupation, at the Irpin Cemetery on the outskirts of Kyiv on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
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Soldiers from the Irpin Territorial Defense and the Ukrainian Army hold flowers to be laid at the graves of comrades who fell during the Russian occupation, at the Irpin Cemetery on the outskirts of Kyiv on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
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The State Department also took the opportunity to reiterate its opposition to American citizens going to Ukraine or participating in the conflict.

The spokesperson added, “We reiterate once again that U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials, and that US citizens in Ukraine should leave immediately if safe. to do so using any available commercial or private ground transportation option. »

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Families wait to board a train at Kramatorsk Central Station as they flee the eastern city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass region in early April.

Families wait to board a train at Kramatorsk Central Station as they flee the eastern city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass region in early April.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland is making a surprise visit to Ukraine to weigh America’s weight behind ongoing war crimes trials against the Russian military, the Justice Department revealed on Tuesday.

“Attorney General Merrick Garland is today making an unannounced visit to Ukraine, where he will meet with Ukrainian Attorney General Iryna Venediktova to discuss U.S. and international efforts to help Ukraine identify, apprehend, and prosecute those implicated in crimes of war and other atrocities in Ukraine,” the official said.

Ukraine would have opened about 16,000 investigations into alleged war crimes committed by Russian troops since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February. Several nations and international organizations have also launched investigations into alleged Russian crimes.

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