UK volunteers Chris Parry and Andrew
Bagshaw, previously gone missing in eastern Ukraine, have been killed during a
humanitarian evacuation in Soledar, Donetsk Oblast, BBC reported on Jan. 24.
Their families told BBC the two men died while coordinating efforts to evacuate civilians from Soledar, while the town was withstanding waves of Russian assaults earlier in January.
Parry’s family said that Chris “found himself drawn to Ukraine in March (2022) in its darkest hour, at the start of the Russian invasion,” adding that he helped save more than 400 lives and a lot of abandoned animals.
Sky News, citing the Bagshaw family, reported that Andrew and Chris were trying to save an elderly Soledar woman, when an artillery shell hit their car.
“Andrew selflessly took many personal risks and saved many lives; we love him and are very proud indeed of what he did,” Bagshaw’s relatives said.
Sky News reported that before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 28-year-old Parry worked as a running coach in Cheltenham, England. Bagshaw, 47, lived in New Zealand and was doing genetics research. According to his family, he came to Ukraine because he thought it was the right thing to do.
Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast police previously reported that contact with the volunteers was lost on Jan. 6, when they were headed towards Soledar.
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