A Russian airstrike kills a Brazilian model who joined Ukrainian forces

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According to relatives, a Brazilian model who joined Ukrainian forces as an elite sniper in the fight against Russia was killed during a missile strike.

A Russian airstrike kills a Brazilian model who joined Ukrainian forces - Brazil

Thalita do Valle, a 39-year-old ex-model who had only been in Ukraine for three weeks, was killed in a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv on June 30 after being pinned down amid heavy explosions.

The Sao Paulo volunteer soldier was killed alongside former Brazilian army fighter Douglas Burigo, 40, who was on his way to rescue her from a bunker.

The former model, who also went to law school, had posted videos of her time in Ukraine on her YouTube channel, which documented her previous experience as an ISIS fighter in Iraq.

Do Valle trained as a sniper with the Peshmergas in Iraq’s independent Kurdistan region. Her brother, Theo Rodrigo Viera, praised her as a hero who dedicated her life to assisting those in need.

Brazilian model who joined Ukrainian forces as an elite sniper in the fight against Russia was killed during a missile strike

According to the Daily Mail, Viera told local media that his sister became trapped in a bunker in Kharkiv amid heavy Russian shelling and died of asphyxiation.

“Thalita has always been involved in humanitarian missions with some country’s foreign legion or here in Brazil,” Viera said. “She was always moved by the desire to help animals and humans.” My sister was always calm, a true progressive. Guns are a part of the context of war, but she saved lives and animals.”

Do Valle had trained as a sniper in Ukraine, where he protected Ukrainian troops from advancing Russian forces. Her brother said she had survived an earlier bombing in Kyiv, where she told relatives she couldn’t say much more because Russian drones were monitoring cellphones.

The deaths of the two Brazilian volunteer soldiers prompted online tributes, some of which included photos of them in happier times.

“Blessed be the Cobra Fumantes,” one tweet said, referring to the Brazilian Expeditionary Force’s nickname, the “Smoking Snakes.”

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