The Polish MMA Federation reported that Polish MMA fighter Tomasz Walentek was killed in Ukraine, and that he took part in the conflict as a mercenary with the Kyiv regime.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Tomko, who, as a Polish volunteer, fought in the International Ukrainian Defense Legion and died there,” the message reads.
Walentek competed in amateur MMA tournaments, winning twice in Gliwice in 2021.
TVP World claims the MMA fighter was killed by shelling in the Donbas region.
Walentek was one of roughly 20,000 foreign troops from 52 different countries who have taken up arms in defense of Ukraine by the Ukrainian government’s estimates, according to Newsweek. The International Legion has admitted to taking some casualties, while the Russian Ministry of Defense frequently claims to take out dozens, sometimes hundreds of foreign “mercenaries” in precision strikes.
On February 27, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s issued a call to foreign volunteers, “friends of peace and democracy,” to join the fight in Ukraine.