The Dying Wish of an American Killed in Putin’s War Revealed

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There is no other way that Nick Maimer, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier who was recently killed in Ukraine, would have preferred to die, according to one of his best friends.

“Going into this he knew there was a high chance he was going to get killed,” Ken Koeberlein, Maimer’s friend of 20 years, told The Daily Beast in an interview on Wednesday. “He said that if he was going to face that, he wanted to die a hero’s death.”

Maimer died in an artillery attack in the eastern city of Bakhmut earlier this week, his family confirmed on Tuesday. Video footage appearing to show the 45-year-old’s body was shared by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the notorious head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, who said his body would be transported back to the U.S.

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