According to media reports, the Brazilian model, who had joined the Ukrainian army and was trained as a sniper to help fight against invading Russian forces, was killed in action. Thalito do Valle, 39, joined just three weeks ago but is believed to be among those killed in a Russian missile strike in the heavily bombed northeastern city of Kharkiv. He participated in humanitarian missions and fought against the Islamic State in Iraq, the Daily Mail reported.
The missile attack prompted Brazilian ex-soldier Douglas Burigo, 40, to return to search for Thalita. British publication Daily Mail claimed that she was the only soldier left after the first strike.
Thalita has documented her conflict experience on YouTube, posting videos of herself fighting the Islamic State. She studied law before becoming a model and actress.
Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine and is further north. It was hit by Russian missiles overnight, Kharkiv Region Governor Oleh Sinihubov said in a telegram on Wednesday.
Fighting has escalated in and around Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region as Russian forces seek to build on recent gains with historic membership bids by Finland and Sweden.
In the past 24 hours, Russian shelling has killed at least seven people and wounded 25 others in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday.
After abandoning its initial goal of capturing Kyiv after fierce local resistance, Russia has focused its efforts on securing control of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
On February 24, Russian forces launched an offensive in Ukraine.
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