The constant, bellicose threats of nuclear war emanating from the Kremlin have largely prevented the western world from directly involving themselves in Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, but international outrage has produced a glut of global volunteers who answered the call to defend the sovereign nation.
This international fighting force, working alongside the Ukrainian military, has been highly effective in repelling the Russian advances in major cities such as Kyiv, but reports are now coming in that there have been casualties within the group, including that of a former US Marine.
An American citizen and Marine veteran, Willy Joseph Cancel, died fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in Ukraine, the man’s widow confirmed to Fox News Digital early Friday morning.
“My husband did die in Ukraine,” Brittany Cancel, the widow of the 22-year-old Marine veteran, told Fox News Digital. “He went there wanting to help people, he had always felt that that was his main mission in life.”
Cancel leaves behind his wife and a 7-month-old son. He appears to be the first U.S. citizen to die while fighting alongside Ukrainians in Ukraine.
Cancel’s widow continued:
“My husband was very brave and a hero,” Cancel said. “I did not expect to be a widow at 23 years old or for our son to be without a father. All I want is for him to come home, and to give him the proper burial he deserves.”
The death comes on the heels of a terrifying new Russian talking about suggesting that the “probable outcome” of this invasion of Ukraine will be a nuclear “World War III”.