A Czech citizen has died in Ukraine, the Czech foreign minister said, confirming media reports about the first casualty among Czech volunteers fighting in the country.
“I can confirm that a Czech citizen has died in the Donetsk region of Ukraine,” Jan Lipavsky told reporters June 11. “The body should be transported to the Kharkiv region tomorrow.”
Czech journalist Lenka Klicperova, who broke the news of the death on Facebook, said the man, a volunteer soldier identified as Michal J, was killed on June 10.
In May, a 49-year-old Czech truck driver who was helping to drive Ukrainians to safety following the Russian invasion was found shot dead in a roadside grave near the northern city of Makariv, close to Kyiv.
A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.