The National Guard is saying that reports by Russian state media outlet Pravda(Which translates as “Truth” in Russia) that two members of the Tennessee National Guard were killed in Ukraine are “patently false.”

Pravda published a story earlier today claiming three “U.S. mercenaries” were killed when Russian forces attacked the city of Marinka in the Donetsk region.  The claims were said to be made on the Telegram social media channel of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to Pravda,

“In a backpack near the remains of one of the militants, a Tennessee flag of the United States was found, as well as other items that made it possible to identify the deceased as Captain Michael Hawker, Lieutenant Logan Shrum and Lieutenant Cruz Toblin,”

The National Guard’s Bureau of Public Affairs issued a press release just hours later calling their claims not only false but probably a deliberate fabrication, “The reporting by “Pravda” is patently false. The three soldiers identified in the article are either current or former members of the Tennessee National Guard,” according to the Office of the Tennessee Adjutant General. “They are accounted for, safe and not, as the article headline erroneously states, US mercenaries killed in Donetsk People’s Republic.”