The US Navy has confirmed that former SEAL Daniel Swift, who was listed as absent without furlough, was killed on Wednesday while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces against Russian invaders, Time magazine first reported.
The US Department of State problematic however, a statement confirming that an American was killed in action there did not identify that individual by name.
“We can confirm the recent death of a US citizen fighting in Ukraine,” the statement said. “We are in contact with his family and are providing all possible consular support. Out of respect for the family’s privacy at this difficult time, we have nothing further to add.”
The situation is made somewhat intriguing by the fact that, according to the Navy, Swift “has had the status of an active deserter since March 11, 2019.”
How long the Navy Special Warfare Operator First Class was in Ukraine and why he fought there remains a mystery for now.
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American Daniel Swift, a former Navy SEAL, has been killed fighting the Russian army in Bakhmut.
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Swift reportedly died from wounds he received as a result of Russian attacks in the Eastern Front town of Bakhmut, an American intelligence official said Rolling Stone.
Adam Thiemann, a former US Army ranger who fought alongside Swift in Ukraine and stayed in touch with him, told Rolling Stone the former Navy SEAL suffered severe head trauma and was in critical condition before his death condition.
Thiemann previously explained on Facebook that Ukrainian troops are doing everything they can to save Swift’s life, according to Rolling Stone, but that resources are scarce among all the wounded fighters.
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Swift appeared to have had a checkered past that included not only impressive military service but also stints as a police officer in the Pacific Northwest.
He would later run afoul of law enforcement.
Time Magazine reported that Swift’s records include an Iraq Campaign Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and a Legion of Merit.
“He was one of the toughest and most tactical men I’ve ever met,” Thiemann told Rolling Stone.
Swift served as a police officer for the Washington State Patrol and the Medford Police Department in Oregon, Rolling Stone reported.
A month before he was declared a deserter by the Navy, Swift was issued a warrant for false imprisonment related to his divorce.
Swift’s classification as an “active deserter” resulted in his losing his Navy SEAL status.
The Sea, Air and Land – SEAL – teams are the Navy’s primary special forces unit and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command.
The primary mission of SEAL teams is to conduct small-unit special operations in marine, jungle, urban, arctic, mountain, and desert environments.
SEAL teams are usually adept at capturing or killing high-level targets or gathering intel behind enemy lines.
On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014.
Since then, tens of thousands have died on both sides of the conflict, and the invasion has sparked Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
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