The search for Andrews’ body continues, but the ongoing fighting around the city has made it challenging to locate him.
Bakhmut, with its outsized symbolic importance, has witnessed intense fighting as Moscow makes desperate attempts to take control of it.
As per social media statements released by an activist group known as the Resistance Committee, Andrews worked with them and was killed while helping civilians evacuate the city.
In November, Andrews left Cleveland, Ohio, to join the Foreign Legion in Ukraine, which is made up of foreign fighters helping the Ukrainian military.
His contract ended in March, but he decided to stay on.
Cooper “Harris Andrews Cause of Death
Former US Marine Cooper “Harris” Andrews, aged 26, lost his life in the vicinity of Bakhmut, Ukraine last week, as confirmed by his mother and colleagues.
The US citizen from Cleveland, Ohio, was hit by a mortar, likely on April 19, while on the “Road of Life,” a vital access road into Bakhmut utilized by the Ukrainian military to resupply their forces and evacuate civilians.
On Monday, the US Department of State confirmed the death of a US citizen in Ukraine, but the spokesperson refrained from revealing the name of the individual.
However, they mentioned that they were in contact with the family and offering consular assistance during this difficult time.
It is unfortunate to lose someone in such circumstances, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of Cooper Andrews. May his soul rest in peace.