Two Britons who went missing in eastern Ukraine have died while trying to help people. His family said on Tuesday to evacuate the fierce fighting.
Chris Perry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 47, were volunteering at Soledar in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, they said.
Bagshaw’s family said the couple was “trying to rescue an elderly woman from Soledar, an area of intense military action, when their vehicle was hit by an artillery shell”.
Little was known about what happened, the family said in a statement.
Bagshaw was a genetics researcher but had been volunteering as an aid worker in Ukraine since last April, the family said.
“Andrew selflessly took many personal risks and saved many lives; we love him and are proud of what he did.”
Bagshaw’s remains will be returned to New Zealand, where he and his family lived.
“We appeal to the civilized countries of the world to stop this immoral war and help the people of Ukraine to free their homeland from aggression,” the family said.
Perry’s family praised his work in Ukraine in a separate statement released by the UK Foreign Office.
“His selfless commitment to helping the elderly, the young and the underprivileged has made us and his extended family extremely proud,” the family described him as “a caring son, a wonderful brother, a great friend to many. described as “best friend”.
The Perry family said he previously worked as a software engineer. He loved rock climbing, cycling, running and skydiving and always wanted to travel the world.
“She found herself drawn to Ukraine at its darkest hour at the start of the Russian invasion in March and helped those most in need, saving more than 400 lives and many stray animals,” the family added. Saved.”
“Words are impossible to describe how much he will be missed but he will always be in our hearts.”
The head of Wagner, the Russian mercenary group that helped capture Soledar from Ukrainian forces, said on January 11 that the body of one of the missing men had been found.
Wagner’s boss, Eugenie Pregosen, also published photos online of passports purporting to belong to Perry and Bagshaw, which she claimed were found with the body.