Two British volunteers confirmed dead in eastern Ukraine | News of war between Russia and Ukraine

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The men were trying to evacuate humanity from the town of Soledar when they were killed, their families say.

Two British volunteers who were reported missing in eastern Ukraine have been killed while attempting a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar, their families have said.

Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, went missing earlier this month on their way to Soledar, the salt mining town where Russian and Ukrainian forces have been fighting. intensity for control.

Parry’s family confirmed in a statement released through the UK Foreign Office that both men had been killed.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Chrissy was killed along with his colleague Andrew Bagshaw while attempting a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar, eastern Ukraine,” the statement said. was released on Tuesday.

Ukrainian police said on January 9 that they had lost contact with Bagshaw and Perry after the two men left Kramatosk for Soledar on January 6.

Sky News reported that Bagshaw’s family said the two men were killed while trying to save an elderly woman.

Christopher Parry in a helmet and flap jacket walks outside a block of flats in Bakhmut.  Behind him is a mangled climbing frame and the building is black where a bullet hit
In this photo of British volunteer Christopher Parry in Bakhmut on January 5. The area was the scene of heavy fighting and the target of relentless Russian bombing [File: Anna Kudriavtseva/Reuters]

The statement gave no details about the circumstances of the men’s deaths, saying that Parry was “drawn to Ukraine in March in its darkest hour at the beginning of the Russian invasion and helped those most in need, who ‘ saving more than 400 lives and many abandoned animals. “.

The British Foreign Office said that they are supporting the families. Bagshaw was also a national of New Zealand where he was living when he traveled to Ukraine.

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