Australian sniper dubbed ‘the Ninja’ is killed in Ukraine


Australian sniper dubbed ‘Ninja’ is killed in Ukraine while fighting Vladimir Putin’s forces as his incredible last act of bravery against the Russians is revealed: ‘Our sadness is unfathomable’

  • Trevor Kjeldal, 40, from Brisbane, has been reportedly killed in action in Ukraine 
  • He earned fame in Ukraine as a sniper and was referred to as ‘the Ninja’ sniper 
  • Mr Kjedal’s death was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

An Australian freedom fighter dubbed ‘the Ninja’ has been killed fighting Russian forces in Ukraine. 

Trevor Kjeldal, 40, from Brisbane, was reportedly killed in action in the Donbas region of Ukraine this week. 

Mr Kjeldal, who was described as ‘a very treasured and loved member’ of his family, is believed to have arrived in Ukraine earlier this year.

Social media posts suggest he had been wounded in action in July – suffering near-fatal gunshot wounds – before bravely returning to the frontlines in September.

Trevor Kjeldal, 40, from Brisbane, was reportedly killed in action in the Donbas region of Ukraine this week

He was dubbed 'the Ninja' on social media, after causing a stir during his time on the frontlines

He was dubbed ‘the Ninja’ on social media, after causing a stir during his time on the frontlines

When he was injured, he suffered shrapnel wounds to the head.

However, he said he had no plans to return to Australia and wanted to remain in Ukraine until the war is over.

‘I’ve beat the odds once, so let’s just see if I can do it again,’ Mr Kjedal said at the time.

Mr Kjedal is believed to have been serving in the 49th ‘Select Carpathian’ battalion of the Ukrainian army.

He was dubbed ‘the Ninja’ on social media, after causing a stir during his time on the frontlines. 

Just last month he told a Nine News crew he felt compelled to help in the war.

‘Ukraine was in trouble, they needed people to come and help, so we came and helped,’ he said.  

In October, he also shared his belief that the tide is turning in Ukraine’s favour. 

His death was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who say they are now providing assistance to his family. 

In a statement, his family expressed their grief at Mr Kjeldal’s death. 

‘Our depth of sadness at his loss is unfathomable,’ the family said.

The 40-year-old Queenslander, known by his callsign 'Ninja', arrived in the war-torn country earlier this year and was stationed on the frontline helping to liberate local towns claimed by the Russians

The 40-year-old Queenslander, known by his callsign ‘Ninja’, arrived in the war-torn country earlier this year and was stationed on the frontline helping to liberate local towns claimed by the Russians

Mr Kjedal is believed to have been serving in the 49th 'Select Carpathian' battalion of the Ukrainian army

Mr Kjedal is believed to have been serving in the 49th ‘Select Carpathian’ battalion of the Ukrainian army

Social media posts suggest he had been wounded in action in July before returning to the frontlines in September

Social media posts suggest he had been wounded in action in July before returning to the frontlines in September

‘We would like to thank DFAT for their ongoing assistance in bringing him home to us.

‘At this incredibly sad time, we would request that the media respect our privacy as we grieve.’

DFAT expressed its deepest condolences to the family and said it was unable to provide further comment.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also passed on his condolences to Mr Kjeldal’s family and friends on Saturday.

‘This is tragic news. I remind people that the DFAT advice is that people do not travel to Ukraine,’ he said during a press conference in Queensland.

‘It is a dangerous place, but my heart goes out to the family and friends of the gentleman involved.’

Consular assistance can include support and guidance to families and liaison with local and Australian authorities to assist with funeral arrangements or repatriation of remains.

The Australian Government’s advice for Ukraine remains at do not travel.

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