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An ex-US Navy SEAL deserter who went to fight for Ukraine was killed by Russian rocket-propelled grenade, reports say

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Ukrainian soldiers fire in the recently retaken Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.Ukrainian soldiers fire in the recently retaken Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

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  • An ex-Navy seal has become the 6th American confirmed to have died in the war in Ukraine.
  • Daniel W Swift, 35, was fatally wounded fighting in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine.
  • An anonymous US intelligence official told Rolling Stone that Swift died from a massive brain injury.

An ex-Navy SEAL has become the sixth American confirmed to have died in the war in Ukraine, an official told Time Magazine. 

Daniel W Swift, 35, was fatally wounded in the fierce fighting in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, and died from his injuries on Thursday, per Time.

An official from the Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center told Time that Swift, a 1st class petty officer, has had an active deserter status since March 11, 2019 — meaning he left the navy without permission — and they did not know why he was fighting in Ukraine. 

One anonymous American intelligence official told Rolling Stone that Swift died from a massive traumatic brain injury caused by an anti-personnel rocket-propelled grenade fired by Russian forces.

Swift joined the navy in 2005 and became a SEAL in 2007, reported the Navy Times.

navy sealA Navy SEAL during a training exercise.

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Swift is the sixth American to be killed in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with a number also losing their lives fighting to free the Eastern European nation.  The number of US citizens fighting with the Ukraine forces is not known.

The US State Department currently has an active travel advisory stating that all Americans should not travel to Ukraine as per the active fighting in the country. 

Fighting in Ukraine has increased in recent days, with renewed artillery exchanges and skirmishes in the Zaporizhzhia region, southern Ukraine, where the front has been dormant for months, according to the Kyiv Post. 

Kyiv has repeatedly asked its allies to provide more heavy armor, including fighting vehicles and tanks. 

Ukraine is getting many of the items it is asking for but not the German-made Leopard tanks it wants. And for the time being, that doesn’t seem likely to change. Insider’s Jake Epstein has the full report.

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