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KYIV, Ukraine — Troopers from the Worldwide Legion of Ukraine stated farewell Friday to an American navy veteran they served with, who was killed a month in the past within the fierce wrestle to forestall the eastern city of Bakhmut from falling into Russian arms.

In a funeral service at Kyiv’s St. Michael’s Cathedral, Ukrainian common military troops bore the Ukrainian-flag-draped coffin of Chris Campbell whereas about three dozen members of the Worldwide Legion seemed on.

After folding the flag, they offered it to Ivanna Sanina, Campbell’s Ukrainian spouse.

The Florida native is one among least 9 Americans now known to have been killed in preventing in Ukraine, together with one other final month in Bakhmut. Two Canadian volunteers have been additionally killed there April 26 after Russian artillery hit their place.

The wrestle for Bakhmut, positioned about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of the Russian-held regional capital of Donetsk, has been one of many bloodiest of the conflict. It has now been occurring for greater than eight months.

It’s believed to have price hundreds of lives, although neither facet has stated what number of. Russia now has possession of a lot of the metropolis.

Campbell served with the Worldwide Legion of Ukraine, a unit of overseas volunteers with prior navy expertise shaped by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Sanina, herself a volunteer to supply assist to the frontline troops, stated she had first met him at an occasion for volunteers earlier within the conflict.

“I requested him, ‘Why are you right here?’ It was our first assembly, and he stated, ‘As a result of it’s proper,’” she instructed reporters tearfully, calling him “the bravest man I’ve ever identified.”

She final noticed him two days earlier than his April 6 demise in Kharkiv, when he had a brief respite from the entrance traces. She stated she might inform how arduous the preventing in Bakhmut had been on him.

“I noticed that he modified so much,” she stated. “Each man, the horrors which they see, it’s terrible.”

David Rising contributed to this report

Observe AP’s protection of the conflict in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine