WASHINGTON – The US has denied a report that said three American troops were killed in eastern Ukraine.
“There is wide reporting that there were three U.S. soldiers who were killed in Donbas, which is patently false and a deliberate fabrication. There are no US soldiers in Ukraine,” State Department principal deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said at a briefing.
“The imagery used is – on this false reporting is from 2018, and those depicted in the picture returned safely to their home the next year in 2019. They are accounted for, safe, and not, as the article erroneously states, US mercenaries killed in Donetsk,” said Porter.
Russian newspaper ‘Pravda’ had earlier reported that three US “mercenaries” were killed in the Donetsk region, which along with Luhansk, had declared independence from Ukraine in late February. Their independence and ensuing recognition by Russia were followed by a military attack on Ukraine.