“Global Affairs Canada is aware of the death of a Canadian in Ukraine. Consular officials are in contact with the family and are providing consular assistance,” a Canadian foreign ministry spokesperson said on Sunday, adding that further details would not be shared due to privacy considerations.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress says on Monday it is saddened to learn about the death of a Canadian volunteer fighter in Ukraine.
It issued a statement today about Emile-Antoine Roy-Sirois, a 31-year-old man from Quebec who reportedly died in Ukraine on July 18 fighting Russian forces.
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The leader of a team of foreign fighters in Ukraine says Roy-Sirois and three other volunteers were killed by a Russian tank shell near Siversk, in eastern Ukraine, while they were trying to evacuate a wounded soldier.
The leader, who only goes by the name “Angel” for security reasons, said in an interview on Facebook Messenger that he felt lucky to have Roy-Sirois as “a brother in battle.”
Angel described Roy-Sirois as an easygoing, funny guy who could have left the front line but stayed and fought bravely.
Global Affairs Canada still did not give details about the identity of the victim.
The deaths of the two U.S. citizens was confirmed on Saturday by the U.S. State Department. The statements from the State Department and the Canadian foreign ministry provided no details on how recent the deaths were or their circumstances.
— with files from Reuters