A Brazilian model of the Russia-Ukraine war, who joined the Ukrainian army as a sniper, was killed in a Russian missile strike
A Brazilian volunteer soldier, fighting alongside Ukrainian soldiers, was killed in a Russian military strike, according to daily beast. Thalito do Valle was a Brazilian model who was killed when Russian forces hit a bunker she was stationed in Kharkiv, according to the report.
The 39-year-old, a sniper, fought Islamic State in Iraq before joining the fight in Ukraine, the The beast said.
Another Brazilian fighter, Douglas Burigo, was also killed in the missile attack, which comes just three weeks after do Valle arrived in Ukraine.
She had posted videos of her trip and training in Ukraine on Youtube and Tik Tok.
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Do Valle received sniper training after joining Pashmergas, the armed military forces of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, according to news.com.au. She has participated in animal rescues with various NGOs, the outlet added.
Meanwhile, Russian troops are engaged in heavy fighting with Ukrainian forces for control of the Donetsk region. It comes a day after Moscow declared victory in neighboring Lugansk province.
Russian forces struck a market and a residential area in the city of Sloviansk near the front lines in Donetsk, killing at least two people and wounding seven, officials said, according to the Reuters news agency. Ukrainian officials have called on civilians to urgently evacuate Sloviansk as Russian troops press towards it.
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“This week there has not been a day without shelling,” Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said Tuesday evening, adding that the city was now within range of Russian multiple rocket launchers.
The enemy is shelling chaotically, the attacks are aimed at destroying the local population,” he added.
Russian-backed separatists have seized two foreign-flagged vessels in the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, saying they are now ‘state property’, as part of the first measures of this type against commercial shipping, according to Reuters.