Brazilian volunteer fighter killed in Ukraine

Thalita Do Valle, a former Brazilian model, activist and most recently a volunteer fighter in the International Legion of Ukraine, was a former sniper in Iraq
Also Read: White House Responds to Possible Death Penalty for Two US Citizens Detained by Russia in Ukraine
She died along with another compatriot of hers, Brazilian army veteran Douglas Burgio.
Details of the attack are not yet known from official sources.
Do Valle and Burgio's family members say their battalion came under heavy Russian fire near Kharkiv on June 30?
Also read: South Korean ex-Navy SEAL tells story of fighting in Ukraine
"Thalita went into the bunker," Do Valle's brother Theo Rodrigo Vieira told the Daily Mail on July 6.
“There was already a fire and the bunker collapsed with her. Her friend returned to save her in the time between the bombings and eventually died. She died of suffocation; it was not hit by shrapnel.”
According to Viira, his sister had left for Ukraine three weeks earlier. "She said she was going to Poland to work as an emergency worker to help people leave the war-torn country," he told Brazil's Folha do Sao Paolo news agency.
Also Read: Norwegian Volunteer Reveals Her Reasons for Joining Fight Against Russian Aggression
"Shortly after, she drove to the conflict zone (in Ukraine)."
When Do Valle next spoke to her relatives, she was already near Kharkiv.
"I wanted to know everything during our phone calls," Vieira recalls.
"But she said she couldn't reveal much because the Russians are tapping the cell phone network. She just said she was fine.”
Vieira spoke to his sister for the last time on June 27. Burgio's family said the Brazilian embassy in Ukraine informed them of Burgio's tragic death.
The report of the incident was confirmed by Lieutenant Sandro Carvalho Da Silva, who leads the International Legion squad.
"During one of the brief respites, we ran out of the shelter and moved to another location," Da Silva said.
"Thalita couldn't escape because of the fire. Douglas ran back to help her but got trapped there too.”
Before daring to fight against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Do Valle fought with Kurdish forces against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in 2019.
"When she joined the Kurdish military, she specialized in sniper rifles," Vieira said.
Also Read: International Legion of Ukraine Has Members from 55 Countries, Says Spokesman
“She was a heroine; Saving lives and protecting humanitarian missions was her calling.”
Before leaving for Iraq, Do Valle studied to become a lawyer, hoping to advocate for migrant and refugee rights.
At the age of 18 she had a brief modeling career.
Media reports of Brazilian volunteers fighting the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine first appeared in April.
It is unclear how many Brazilians currently serve in the International Legion.

Last News

Former GA high school coach indicted on 22 charges after arrest for sexual exploitation of children

Starbucks customers on TikTok are ‘horrified’ by the chain’s new menu item: ‘This cannot be real’

Ukrainian soldier brings down Russian Su-25 attack jet

River Thames drying up in England

Explosions rock Russian military base in Crimea

Lisa Kudrow recalls Jerry Seinfeld taking some credit for early 'Friends' success