Ukraine war: Former British soldier ‘shot dead’ in fighting in Severodonetsk | World News

Ukraine war: Former British soldier ‘shot dead’ in fighting in Severodonetsk | World News

A former British soldier has died fighting Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, his family have said.

Jordan Gatley left the British Army in March “to continue his career as a soldier in other areas” and flew to Ukraine soon after to help fend off Russian forces and aim Ukrainian soldiers.

Announcing the news on Facebook, his father Dean wrote: “Yesterday (10/06/22) we received the devastating news that our son, Jordan, has been shot and killed in the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine.”

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He additional: “His team say they all loved him, as did we, and he made a enormous difference to many peoples lives, not only soldiering, but also by training the Ukrainian forces.

“Jordan and his team were so proud of the work they were doing and he often told me that the missions they were going on were dangerous, but necessary.

“He loved his job and we are so proud of him. He truly was a hero and will forever be in our hearts.”

Mr Gatley’s post, written late on Saturday, has been met with hundreds of messages of condolence.

Jordan is pictured during his British Army days with his father Dean. Pic: Dean Gatley/Facebook

Second Briton to die in Ukraine since war began

His son is the second Briton to have been confirmed dead in Ukraine during the war.

Scott Sibley, 36, died in late April and was also a former member of the British Armed forces.

The city of Severodonetsk has become the main focus of the Russian offensive in recent weeks.

It is one of the last areas in the occupied eastern Luhansk vicinity that is nevertheless under Ukrainian control.

On Sunday the Ministry of Defence (MoD) posted in its latest intelligence update that “Russia is using its overmatch in force ratio and artillery to little by little seize territory in and around Severodonetsk”.

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