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Ukrainian-American adoption advocate dies in invasion

A man who split his time between the St. Louis area and Ukraine to help arrange adoptions of children with medical needs has died in the war-torn country.

Serge Zevlever's daughters told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Zevlever was killed when he volunteered to check on a commotion outside a Kyiv bomb shelter on Feb. 26. That was just two days after Russian forces launched an invasion of Ukraine.

A U.S. State Department spokesman confirmed the death of a U.S. citizen in the conflict that day, without naming Zevlever, and offered condolences to his family.

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