Former US Navy SEAL killed in Ukraine

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A former US Navy SEAL was killed this week in Ukraine, US officials reported Friday. They said he was not fighting in an official capacity.

The Navy said Swift was killed on Wednesday.

According to State Department statements and reports from individual families, at least five other Americans are known to have been killed fighting in Ukraine.

Half of the potential volunteers were quickly turned down because they lacked military experience, had a criminal record or were otherwise unfit to serve, Ukraine’s military attache said last year.

An unknown number of Americans have joined forces of foreign fighters supporting Kiev. Others volunteer with aid groups and human rights organizations.

“We are in contact with his family and are providing all possible consular assistance,” the department said.

UK Time News Writer Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report.

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