Reinsalu confirms death of Estonian citizen in eastern Ukraine

Urmas Reinsalu
Urmas Reinsalu Source: Kuvatõmmis

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu has confirmed an Estonian citizen died in military activities in Donbass, eastern Ukraine on Monday. The details of what happened are being clarified with the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Reinsalu told ERR on Thursday the deceased man was granted citizenship in 2016 by naturalization after renouncing Belarusian citizenship.

He said the status and role of the man's activities in Ukraine are is still being clarified with the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine has not yet officially confirmed that an Estonian citizen died in the war.

"In Estonia, the rule is that Estonian citizens can operate in military units of other countries with the permission of the government," the foreign minister said, adding that to his knowledge no valid permit has been issued at present.

On Wednesday, daily newspaper Postimees wrote a Belarusian-born Estonian citizen and medic in the Ukrainian Navy, was killed at the front in Donbas on July 13.


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