Former U.S. Marine's Death Puts Spotlight On Other Americans Fighting In Ukraine

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Harrison Jozefowicz discontinue his occupation arsenic a Chicago constabulary serviceman and headed overseas soon aft Russia invaded Ukraine. An Army veteran, helium said helium couldn’t assistance but articulation American volunteers seeking to assistance Ukrainians successful their fight.

Jozefowicz present heads a radical called Task Force Yankee, which helium said has placed much than 190 volunteers successful combat slots and different roles portion delivering astir 15,000 archetypal assistance kits, helping relocate much than 80 families and helping present dozens of pallets of nutrient and aesculapian supplies to the confederate and eastbound fronts of the war.

It’s difficult, unsafe work. But Jozefowicz said helium felt helpless watching from the United States past twelvemonth during the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, peculiarly aft a adjacent friend, Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, died successful a termination bombing astatine Kabul.

“So, I’m conscionable trying to bash everything I tin to marque definite I tin assistance others not spell done what I went through,” helium said Saturday during an interrogation conducted done a messaging platform.

Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died Monday portion    moving   for a subject   contracting institution  that sent him to Ukraine, his parent  told CNN.
Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died Monday portion moving for a subject contracting institution that sent him to Ukraine, his parent told CNN.

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A erstwhile U.S. Marine who died past week was believed to beryllium the archetypal American national killed portion warring successful Ukraine. Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, died Monday portion moving for a subject contracting institution that sent him to Ukraine, his mother, Rebecca Cabrera, told CNN.

An undetermined fig of different Americans — galore with subject backgrounds — are thought to beryllium successful the state battling Russian forces beside some Ukrainians and volunteers from different countries adjacent though U.S. forces aren’t straight progressive successful warring speech from sending subject materiel, humanitarian assistance and money. The U.S. authorities discourages Americans from warring successful Ukraine, which raises ineligible and nationalist information issues.

Russia’s penetration has fixed Ukraine’s embassy successful Washington the task of fielding inquiries from thousands of Americans who privation to assistance successful the fight, and Ukraine is utilizing the net to enlistee volunteers for a overseas force, the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine.

“Anyone who wants to articulation the defence of information successful Europe and the satellite tin travel and basal broadside by broadside with the Ukrainians against the invaders of the 21st century,” President President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said successful a recruitment pitch.

Texan Anja Osmon, who did tours successful Iraq and Afghanistan portion serving successful the U.S. Army from 2009 done 2015, said she went to Ukraine connected her own. A medic, she said she arrived successful Ukraine connected March 20 and lived successful the woods with different members of the International Legion earlier a caller commandant sent her distant due to the fact that helium didn’t privation pistillate fighters.

Osmon, 30, said her parent wants her location earlier September. But for present she’s anxious to get retired of the edifice wherever she is staying successful Lviv and drawback connected with different warring unit nearer the action.

“I can’t crook distant from injustice,” she said. “No 1 should beryllium scared.”

Eddy Etue, a U.S. Marine veteran, said helium  discontinue  his occupation  successful  the gig economy, recovered  a person  successful  Colorado to ticker  his feline  and gave up   his location  successful  San Diego, Calif., to assistance   retired  successful  Ukraine.
Eddy Etue, a U.S. Marine veteran, said helium discontinue his occupation successful the gig economy, recovered a person successful Colorado to ticker his feline and gave up his location successful San Diego, Calif., to assistance retired successful Ukraine.

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U.S. Marine seasoned Eddy Etue said helium discontinue his occupation successful the gig economy, recovered a person successful Colorado to ticker his feline and gave up his location 4 blocks from the formation successful San Diego, California, to assistance retired successful Ukraine, wherever he’s been astir 2 weeks. He archetypal worked with an assistance enactment but present is grooming with the International Legion.

Etue, 36, said helium simply couldn’t enactment home. “It’s conscionable the close happening to do,” said Etue, who financed the travel done an online fundraising campaign.

Etue’s household past pulled him toward Ukraine. He said his grandparents near Hungary with thing but their 4 children and apparel aft the 1956 revolution, which was enactment down by Soviet forces that killed oregon wounded thousands.

“What’s happening present volition impact not lone the radical who are experiencing it but their children and grandchildren arsenic well,” helium said. “I cognize that from idiosyncratic experience.”

Jozefowicz, the erstwhile Chicago cop, says determination are thousands of American and different volunteers successful Ukraine. Multiple organizations are operating successful the country, and Jozefowicz said his radical unsocial has placed scores of volunteers successful positions each implicit the country, with astir 40 of those being combat jobs.

“We bash not facilitate a civilian going into immoderate direct-action role. We lone usher and link anterior subject volunteers,” helium said.

But there’s plentifulness of different enactment to do. Groups of volunteers are getting aesculapian and nutrient supplies to radical successful the federation of 44 cardinal people, helium said, and others are moving with refugees and others who’ve had to fly their homes.

“The person I got into Ukraine and the much clip I spent successful Ukraine, the much voids I recovered that needed to beryllium filled to maximize my groups unpaid efforts,” helium said.

Osmon, who said she’s been successful interaction with Jozefowicz’s group, said she supplied troops with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications aft days successful the woods.

“Most everyone had aerial raid fever from hiding successful the trenches successful the snowfall and acold air,” she said. “Bronchitis was ravaging us.”

Etue said helium got a consciousness for the state aft making a 24-hour circular travel with different unpaid to prime up a conveyance successful Odessa. He said he’s been impressed with the prime of radical serving successful the International Legion since Ukrainians person done a bully occupation of weeding retired the inexperienced and “war tourists” who don’t person overmuch to connection a subject unit.

“I deliberation they’re doing amazingly good fixed that they’re astatine warfare with 1 of the largest lasting armies successful the world,” helium said.

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