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Global Affairs says two more Canadians have died in Ukraine-Russia war

Global Affairs Canada says two more Canadians have died in the war between Ukraine and Russia, bringing the total number of Canadians killed in the conflict to 11.

An obituary for Alain Derasp says the veteran of the Canadian Forces Royal 22nd Regiment and father of four died in Ukraine on Feb. 27.

A military source — who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media — said Derasp had been providing first aid training in Ukraine and died of an illness.

Jean-Francois Ratelle was killed in combat, said his Ukrainian friend Anna Filippova.

Ratelle, who used the nom de guerre Hrulf, was from Joliette, Que., and led a unit of foreign fighters in Ukraine called the Norman Brigade.

The deaths were originally reported by the Russian government in social media posts that included photos of the two men and other personal details.

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