American killed combating alongside Ukrainian forces, his family unit says - NBC news

An American fighting with Ukrainian forces has been killed within the Russia-Ukraine conflict, in keeping with his household. 

Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died Monday in Ukraine, his family members demonstrated to CNN. 

Cancel, a former U.S. Marine, agreed to go to Ukraine as part of his work with a private military contracting company, his mom, Rebecca Cabrera, informed the news outlet.

NBC news has reached out to Cancel's family and the State branch for confirmation overnight but did not hear back. 

Cancel went to Ukraine in mid-March and leaves behind his wife and their 7-month-old, his mother pointed out.

"He desired to head over as a result of he believed in what Ukraine become fighting for, and he desired to be part of it to contain it there so it didn't come right here, and that probably our American soldiers wouldn't should be worried in it," Cabrera told CNN.

She spoke of that his body has now not been found.

"They haven't discovered his physique," Cabrera talked about. "They try, the guys that were with him, however it changed into both grab his physique or get killed, however we might love for him to come returned to us."

Cancel changed into at first from Orange County, ny, Cancel's brother-in-legislation, Devin Tietze Jr., stated to CNN. He turned into living in Tennessee before he left for Ukraine, he referred to. 

"He believed wholeheartedly this shouldn't have took place and he desired to go aid the people in Ukraine," Tietze said to the outlet.

A State department reliable instructed CNN they are "aware about these reviews and are intently monitoring the situation."

"because of privacy considerations, we haven't any further comment," the reliable's remark continued. "We once again reiterate U.S. citizens should no longer shuttle to Ukraine due to the active armed battle and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine through Russian govt safety officials, and that U.S. citizens in Ukraine should leave immediately if it is safe to achieve this, using any commercial or different privately attainable ground transportation alternatives."

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