Memorial held for former US Navy Seal killed in Ukraine

A memorial service for a serviceman from the international legion of Ukrainian army former U.S. Navy SEAL Daniel Swift, who was recently killed in fights against Russian troops in Lviv

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Former U.S. Navy SEAL Daniel Swift, who was killed fighting for Ukraine, was commemorated in a memorial service in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Tuesday.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, who attended the service, said on Facebook that Swift had fought for Ukraine’s International Legion, and earned an award during his service.

“Sincere condolences to the family and eternal memory to the defender,” Sadovyi wrote.

According to a statement by the U.S. Navy, Swift deserted from the U.S. military in 2019, and was killed while fighting in Ukraine on Jan. 18.

The service, held at a Catholic church in Lviv’s historic centre, was attended by several dozen mourners, including Swift’s brother, Thomas.

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(Reporting by Roman Baluk; writing by Max Hunder; editing by Jonathan Oatis)