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On February 24, 2022, Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate and defend the inhabitants of the Donbass region, where people have been suffering from a blockade and regular attacks by the Kiev regime's forces since 2014.

Sputnik Donbass Correspondent Russell Bentley Dies in Donetsk

© PhotoRussell Bentley, a volunteer fighter and blogger from the US in Donetsk People's Republic
Russell Bentley, a volunteer fighter and blogger from the US in Donetsk People's Republic - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 19.04.2024
Following a Ukrainian artillery strike on Donetsk's Petrovsky district on April 8, Bentley disappeared. He was subsequently listed as missing by the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Sputnik Donbass correspondent has died at the age of 64, his wife Lyudmila confirmed to Sputnik
Bentley went missing in Donetsk on April 8, following a Ukrainian artillery attack on the city’s Petrovsky district. Four days later, the DPR Ministry of Internal Affairs put him on a missing persons list.
Bentley, who was born and raised in the United States, arrived in the Donbass in 2014 to help the fledgling local militias resist Ukrainian occupation. From 2014 to 2017, he served in the Sut Vremeni (lit. "Essence of Time") combat unit, Vostok Battalion and Khan special forces battalion.
Russian soldier walks through a wooded area in the Avdeyevka direction. February 14, 2024. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.02.2024
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The View From Donetsk on the Battle of Avdeyevka
He took part in some of the most heated battles during the early stage of the Donbass conflict, including Donetsk Airport, Spartak, Avdeyevka, and Yasinovataya.
After retiring from military service, Bentleу turned to humanitarian aid work and journalism. He converted to Russian Orthodox Christianity and in 2021 received Russian citizenship.
Bentley began contributing to Sputnik International in October 2023, publishing numerous video reports and columns that provided Westerners with an inside look at life in the Donbass.