Another American citizen has died fighting with the International Legion in Ukraine’s war against Russian aggression.

Twenty-Seven Years Old

Christopher James Campbell, a native Floridian, was twenty-seven years old at the time of his death. He was a United States Armed Forces veteran, having served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. Towards the beginning of Ukraine’s war with Russia, Campbell served with the Azov special forces. Later, according to the New Voice of Ukraine, he served with the International Legion, an organization of experienced fighters founded by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Campbell was married to Ivana, the daughter of well-known Ukrainian director, actor, cinematographer, and producer Oles Sanin.

In a letter to the press, Sanin wrote, “Thank you to everyone who honored the memory of my family member, the husband of my daughter Ivana, Christopher James Campbell. Thank you for your deep sorrow and honoring his memory.”

Campbell’s funeral service in Kyiv, May 5th, 2023. Screenshot from YouTube and Associated Press

Mr. Sanin continued, “According to his last wish, Chris was buried in Ukraine, the country he loved and where he found the love for which he laid down his life.” That wish was kept, and Campbell’s funeral took place at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in center city Kyiv.

Several members of the International Legion attended the service, and members of the regular Ukrainian Armed Forces carried his coffin (draped with the Ukrainian flag). Following the service, the folded flag was presented to his wife.

A Big Move

Shortly after the war in Ukraine started, Campbell abruptly quit school in the United States and sold all of his belongings. He next moved halfway around the world to Ukraine. Not surprisingly, his friends and family wondered why.