Two Britons reported lacking in jap Ukraine have been killed whereas making an attempt to assist folks evacuate from fierce combating, their households mentioned Tuesday.
Chris Parry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 47, have been enterprise voluntary work in Soledar, within the Donetsk area of Ukraine, they mentioned.
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Bagshaw’s household mentioned the pair “have been trying to rescue an aged girl from Soledar, an space of intense army motion, when their automobile was hit by an artillery shell”.
Little extra was recognized about what occurred, the household mentioned in an announcement.
Bagshaw was a scientific researcher in genetics however had volunteered as an support employee in Ukraine since final April, the household mentioned.
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“Andrew selflessly took many private dangers and saved many lives; we love him and are very proud certainly of what he did,” they mentioned.
Bagshaw’s stays will likely be returned to New Zealand the place he and his household lived.
“We urge the civilized international locations of the world to cease this immoral battle and to assist the Ukrainians to rid their homeland of an aggressor,” the household mentioned.
Parry’s household praised his work in Ukraine in a separate assertion launched by Britain’s International Workplace.
“His selfless willpower in serving to the outdated, younger and deprived there has made us and his bigger household extraordinarily proud,” the household mentioned, describing him as “a caring son, incredible brother, a greatest good friend to so many”.
The Parry household mentioned he had beforehand labored as a software program engineer. He liked mountain climbing, biking, operating and skydiving, and had at all times needed to journey the world.
“He discovered himself drawn to Ukraine in March in its darkest hour at the beginning of the Russian invasion and helped these most in want, saving over 400 lives plus many deserted animals,” the household added.
“It’s unimaginable to place into phrases how a lot he will likely be missed however he’ll ceaselessly be in our hearts.”
Concern had grown about their fates after the top of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, which helped seize Soledar from Ukrainian forces, mentioned on January 11 that one of many lacking males’s our bodies had been discovered there.
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin had additionally revealed on-line images of passports that appeared to belong to Parry and Bagshaw, which he claimed have been discovered with the corpse.