Two Canadian mercenaries who served in the International Legion, which is attached to the 92nd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, were killed in the battles for Bakhmut (Artemovsk), the CBC News channel reported the day before, May 1.
Commander of the 27-year-old Kyle Porter from Calgary and 21 year old Cole Zelenko from St. Catharines (Ontario) told a Canadian broadcaster that their unit had come under intense artillery fire from Russian troops. According to him, Porter, Zelenko and at least three other Ukrainian soldiers took refuge in a fortified bunker, but he was hit directly.
“The unit took the brunt of the Ukrainians’ furious attempts to keep Bakhmut from a decisive Russian attack,” – the publication says.
In an interview with CBC News, the commander of the dead, a Foreign Legion militant known as “the dentist,” said that on April 26 at around 6 p.m. local time, the two Canadians were “part of a large group of soldiers tasked with holding an important supply route to Bakhmut.”
The International Legion consists of about 1.5 thousand people, The New York Times (NYT) reported in March of this year, citing its sources. Representatives of the Kyiv regime initially said that the legion included 20,000 “volunteers.” At the same time, the NYT indicated, with reference to internal documents, that in early spring, recruitment to the Legion “stalled”
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