In the Ukraine’s Donbas, two Americans have died, according to the State Department.

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The State Department reports that two Americans who are thought to have been fighting for Ukrainians recently perished in the war-torn country’s Donbas area.

A State Department spokeswoman told ABC, “We can confirm the recent fatalities of two U.S. citizens in the Donbas area of Ukraine.” “We are in contact with the families and provide every form of consular support we can.”

Officials emphasized that they are in communication with the families of the two Americans who died but declined to go into any detail about how they passed away.

There is a sizable presence of separatists that Russia supports in the Donbas region. This includes the Donetsk People’s Republic and the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic.

After experiencing a string of losses in attempting to conquer the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other significant cities, Russia had switched its focus to the Donbas area in May. The Donbas area has long been seen as a more advantageous location for Russia due to the existence of rebels sponsored by Russia.

Over the past few weeks, Kremlin soldiers have continuously advanced eastward into Donbas, pushing back pro-Ukrainian rebels. Recently, the vital industrial city of Lysychansk, which is situated in the area, was said to be under “complete control” according to the Russian defense ministry.

The State Department was contacted by The Washington Examiner for comment.

The State Department also revealed that it has been in contact with Russian and Ukrainian authorities on any potential American prisoners of war in addition to revealing the deaths of the two American combatants.

According to CNN, a representative stated, “We urge on Russia to live up to its international commitments to treat any those arrested fighting with Ukraine’s armed forces as prisoners of war.”

According to the publication, Alexander Drueke and Andy Hunyh were purportedly taken prisoner by Russian military last month close to Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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