Tseng Sheng-kuang (曾聖光), a 25-year-old Taiwanese man who enlisted in the International Legion of Ukraine’s territorial defense forces died in battle on Wednesday, November 2, it has been confirmed by the man’s family in Taiwan, and Ukrainian authorities, after reports began to circulate on social media platforms yesterday.
Tseng’s wife, Huang Li-chen (黃麗珍), told Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) Friday evening that she received a message from her husband’s comrade that Tseng had died due to excessive blood loss after being seriously wounded on the battlefield in the contested Luhansk region.
Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Ukrainian Congress and chairman of the Taiwan Friendship Group also confirmed the reports, saying that he and his colleagues are making arrangements to assist Tseng’s family to go to Ukraine.
Tseng, from the indigenous Amis ethnic group in Ji’an Township, Hualien, spent five years as a professional soldier in Taiwan’s ROC Army before being discharged last year. In June this year, Tseng enlisted in the International Legion of the Ukrainian defence forces, and joined an infantry unit of the Ukrainian Carpathian Sich Battalion in early September.
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