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.
Heartbroken Dean Gatley, from Derbyshire, said Jordan went to Ukraine after “careful consideration” after Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin sent his troops.
Dean shared an emotional family tribute on Facebook to confirm the tragic news.
He wrote: “I didn’t think I would ever use social media in this way but Sally, Adam and I would like to share some family news with all of our friends but there are just too many people to contact.
“Yesterday (10/06/22) we received the devastating news that our son Jordan was shot dead in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.
“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.”
Dean said the family received “several messages” from his team praising his “wealth of knowledge, his skills as a soldier and his love for his job.”
He added: “His team says they all loved him, as did we, and he made a massive difference in the lives of many, not only as a soldier but also through training the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“Jordan and his team took so much pride in their work and he often told me that the missions they undertook were dangerous but necessary.
“He loved his job and we are so proud of him. He was truly a hero and will always be in our hearts.”
Jordan’s pal Stacey also shared a tribute on Twitter.
She wrote: “Rest in peace Jordan Gatley. You risked your own life to help in Ukraine, we will cherish our memories and laughter.”
It comes as hundreds of terrified Ukrainian civilians seek refuge amid a deadly Russian attack at a chemical plant in Severodonetsk – a chilling echo of the Azovstal Steelworks siege.
According to Ukrainian sources, more than 800 people are huddled in several air raid shelters under the Azot plant.
Russian shelling yesterday caused a massive fire after spilling tons of oil in one of the bloodiest battles since their invasion began.
The trapped citizens are about 200 employees and 600 residents of the city.
Meanwhile, the family of a British hero who faces a firing squad in Ukraine want a prisoner swap to save his life.
Shaun Pinner, 46, and fellow countryman Aiden Aslin, 28, were sentenced to death in a kangaroo court in Russian-controlled Donetsk.
The former Royal Anglian soldier’s family say Russia claimed they were foreign mercenaries to deny them POW rights, including an independent lawyer, ahead of the “illegal show trial”.
In a statement, they said: “Our entire family is devastated.
“We sincerely hope that all parties will work together as a matter of urgency to ensure the safe release or replacement of Shaun.
Our family, including his son and his Ukrainian wife, love and miss him.”
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