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Ex-British soldier fighting for Ukraine shot dead by Russians: family

A former British soldier fighting for Ukraine has died on the front lines in the Donbass region, grieving relatives say.

Jordan Gatley’s devastated parents wrote on Facebook that their son was shot dead by Russian forces in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, which is now said to be at least two-thirds under Russian control.

“He truly was a hero and will forever be in our hearts,” Jordan’s father, Dean Gatley, wrote on Saturday.

“Jordan left the British Army in March this year to pursue his military career in other areas. The war against Europe had started, so after much deliberation he went to Ukraine to help,” the father said.

Exactly when Jordan died and how old the fallen soldier was is unclear.

“We’ve had several messages from his team out there telling us about his wealth of knowledge, his skills as a soldier and his love for his job,” his father said. “His team says they all loved him, as did we, and he made a huge difference in the lives of many, not just as a soldier, but through training the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

Smoke and debris rise from shelling the city of Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region June 7, 2022.
Smoke and debris rise from the shelling of the city of Severodonetsk on June 7, 2022.
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The burnt-out remains of cars lie along a road during fierce fighting on the front lines in Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region of Ukraine on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
The burnt-out remains of cars lie along a road during fierce fighting on the front lines in Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region of Ukraine on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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A British ex-soldier was shot dead while fighting on the front lines in Ukraine, his family says.
Jordan Gatley, who left the British army in March, was hailed as a “true hero” after he was reportedly killed in the city of Severodonetsk.
Facebook / Dean Gatley
A British ex-soldier was shot dead while fighting on the front lines in Ukraine, his family says.
Dean Gatley said Jordan went to Ukraine after “careful consideration”.
Facebook / Dean Gatley

Severodonetsk became the center of the Russian attack on Ukraine in recent days, as the Kremlin redoubled its strategy to seize the Donbass region. Both the Ukrainians and Russians said the opposing side suffered significant casualties from the fighting.

Last week, two other British nationals were captured by Russians while fighting for Ukraine and sentenced to death.

The leader of Ukraine’s Russia-backed separatist Donetsk region said Sunday the two soldiers would not be pardoned because they were guilty of “mercenary activities”. The Russians also captured a Moroccan soldier who volunteered for Ukraine.

With postal wires

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