Two Canadian volunteers from International Legion killed near Bakhmut
Last week, two Canadian volunteer fighters who defended Ukraine as part of the International Legion were killed in the battle for Bakhmut
This was reported by the Canadian public broadcaster CBC News.
"Kyle Porter, 27, of Calgary, and Cole Zelenco, 21, of St. Catharines, Ont., were both serving with Ukraine's International Legion," the article says.
It is noted that in the evening of April 26, when Canadian volunteers, together with a group of Ukrainian soldiers, took part in a combat operation to hold a key supply route to Bakhmut, they were covered by artillery fire from Russian troops.
"Porter, Zelenco and at least three other Ukrainian soldiers sought shelter in a reinforced bunker, but the bunker took a direct hit. All were killed," CBC News said, citing a military commander.
According to the publication, Porter and Zelenko had previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces, but resigned before joining the Ukrainian International Legion. "Their commander said the two had become close friends," the publication says.
Zelenko's body has already been found and brought to Kharkiv, while Porter's body is still being searched for.
In total, according to unofficial data, five Canadian citizens have been killed in the war in Ukraine.
As a reminder, Canadian demining instructors are training the Armed Forces of Ukraine in mine safety as part of Operation UNIFIER in Poland.