A U.S. Army veteran died in Bakhmut: he spent the last year teaching Ukrainian volunteers. Photo

US Army veteran was killed in Bakhmut

A U.S. Army veteran, retired Special Forces Sergeant Nicholas Maimer, died in Bakhmut. He was 45 years old. Maimer had been in our country for the past year, training Ukrainian volunteers.

The American's death was reported by CNN, citing the words of a close friend of Nicholas Maimer, the founder of AFGFree, a nonprofit organization working in Ukraine, retired Lieutenant Colonel Perry Blackburn.

According to Blackburn, his friend Maimer was in a building that came under Russian artillery fire.

The house collapsed, and the Ukrainian military, who were with Maimer, suggest that he either died during the collapse or was killed by Russian artillery fire.

According to Nicholas Maimer's service record, he served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years and retired in 2018. And when the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Mamer felt a moral obligation to help the Ukrainians.


The body of the American veteran was identified in a video of Yevgeny Prigozhin published by the PBC Wagner Telegram channel.

Prigozhin showed the dead soldier and his photo ID card issued in the USA, reading aloud the name: "Nicholas".


"We're going to hand him over to the United States of America. We'll put him in a coffin, cover him with an American flag, with respect, because he didn't die in bed as a grandfather, he died in war," Prigozhin says in the video.

The Idaho Statesman reported that the man in the video is 45-year-old Army Special Forces veteran Nick Maimer, who spent the last year in Ukraine training civilian volunteers.

Maimer lived in Idaho. He moved to Spain to teach English two months before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After observing these events, he decided to come to help Ukrainians.


"I think this is one of the most obviously unjust aggressions in modern history. It's obvious to everybody that it's an unjustified invasion. So I felt my moral compass just told me what to do," the veteran told the Idaho Statesman by phone last June.

In Ukraine, Maimer was involved in creating a training program for territorial defense squads.

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