Spain is investigating the death of a Mallorcan

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On Saturday, the Spanish Foreign Ministry was informed of the death in Ukraine of Angel Admirer Martinez, 31 years old, from Portocolom. The ministry is investigating the circumstances and is in close contact with the Spanish Embassy in Kyiv and with the Ukrainian government. It is unclear how long it will be before his body can be repatriated.

The Spanish government did not know that Ángel was in Ukraine. According to relatives, he lacked military training and was trained to fight once in Ukraine. He originally traveled to the country in March to perform humanitarian work and to assist with telecommunications; he had a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

He enlisted with the Ukrainian Army at some point after arriving in the country. His mother, Dolores Martínez, says that “he didn’t tell me why he was going to Ukraine, because he knew I would be angry”.

A Ukrainian Army Colonel was in contact with Dolores via Whatsapp. He explains that Ángel worked for a short time with his telecommunications team in Lviv, but then decided he had to help on the front line. “He was a very honest person, extremely intelligent and with very clear principles. He was a courageous person. I admire his courage.”

After graduating, he stayed in Barcelona for about eighteen months before returning to Mallorca to work as a computer scientist at Son Espases Hospital. About two years ago he moved to the Netherlands, his last place of residence before going to Ukraine.

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