Two British volunteers who had gone missing in eastern Ukraine have been killed, according to a family statement released on Tuesday.
Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, disappeared earlier this month on their way to the town of Soledar in the eastern Donetsk region where heavy fighting took place.
Parry’s family confirmed in a statement released by the UK Foreign Office that the two men were killed.
“It is with great sadness that we have to report that our beloved Chrissy was killed along with her colleague Andrew Bagshaw as they attempted a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar in eastern Ukraine,” it said. -he declares.
Parry, from Truro in Cornwall, was described by his family in the statement.
“His selfless determination to help the elderly, young and disadvantaged has made us and his large family extremely proud.
“We never imagined saying goodbye to Chris when he had such a full life ahead of him. He was a caring son, a fantastic brother, a best friend to so many and a loving partner to Olga.”
The statement adds that Parry “found himself drawn to Ukraine in March in its darkest hour at the start of the Russian invasion and helped those most in need, saving more than 400 lives and many animals. abandoned”.
Ukrainian police said on January 9 that they lost contact with Bagshaw and Parry after heading towards Soledar.
Bagshaw, a resident of New Zealand, was in Ukraine to help provide humanitarian aid, according to New Zealand media.
“He [and Parry]were trying to rescue an elderly woman from Soledar, in an area of intense military action, when their car was hit by an artillery shell,” Bagshaw’s family said.
“Andrew has selflessly taken many personal risks and saved many lives; we love him and are so very proud of what he has done.”