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War in Ukraine: Two Britons killed in ‘humanitarian evacuation’ from Soledar

Soledar, a town of 10,000 inhabitants before the war, was largely destroyed in bombardments at the beginning of January and a first humanitarian convoy arrived there last Friday to come to the aid of the population.


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Dtwo British volunteers in Ukraine were killed while attempting a “medical evacuation” from the town of Soledar, the scene of intense clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces, the family of one of them announced on Tuesday.


“It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Chrissy was killed alongside her colleague Andrew Bagshaw as they attempted a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar in eastern Ukraine,” said the family of Christopher Parry in a statement sent by the British Foreign Office.

‘He couldn’t help but travel to Ukraine in March at the darkest moment at the start of the Russian invasion to help those most in need, saving over 400 lives and many abandoned animals’ she added.

Christopher Parry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 48 and a pre-war New Zealand resident according to New Zealand media, had been missing for several weeks, and Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigojine said on January 11 that his fighters had found the body of one of them at Soledar.

Soledar, a town of 10,000 inhabitants before the war, was largely destroyed in bombardments at the beginning of January and a first humanitarian convoy arrived there last Friday to come to the aid of the population.

The Russian army and the mercenaries of the Wagner group announced almost two weeks ago that they had conquered this locality located near Bakhmout, which the Russians have been trying to seize for months.

But the Ukrainians have not officially acknowledged its loss, saying they continue to fight in its western part.


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