Britons Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Parry were killed trying to carry out a “humanitarian evacuation” in Ukraine
Brits Chris Parry and Andrew Bagshaw were killed trying to carry out a “humanitarian evacuation” in Ukraine.
The couple had traveled to Soledar in the east of the country, to volunteer to help.
Parry’s family released a statement this evening through the Foreign Office.
The statement from Rob, Christine and Katy Parry read: “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 in eastern Ukraine.
“His selfless determination to help the old, young and disadvantaged there made us and his large family very proud.
“We never thought we’d say goodbye to Chris when he had such a fulfilling life ahead of him. He was a caring son, an amazing brother, a best friend to so many and a loving partner to Olga.
“Chris was a confident, outgoing and adventurous young man who was loyal to everyone he knew.
“He lived and worked as a software developer, but Cornwall has always been his home. He loved rock climbing, biking, running and skydiving and wanted to travel the world.
“He was drawn to Ukraine in March in the darkest hour of the beginning of the Russian invasion and helped those most in need, saving over 400 lives and many abandoned animals.
“It’s impossible to put into words how much he is missed, but he will always be in our hearts.
“We feel so privileged that he has chosen to be part of our family.”
The pair were last seen en route to the town of Soledar in the country’s eastern Donetsk region, where heavy fighting was reported.
Bagshaw, a New Zealand resident, was in Ukraine to help deliver humanitarian aid.
Christopher had joined other volunteers on a rescue mission in Ukraine to help people escape from bombed areas.
He told Sky News last year: “I went to a military commando unit and spoke to a number of soldiers who described Bakhmut as ‘the worst place they had ever been’.
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