Two British aides were reportedly captured by Russian forces after joining Ukraine’s fight against Putin.
It comes after the first British casualty was named as British Armed Forces veteran Scott Sibley yesterday and another British volunteer is missing.
The non-profit organization Presidium Network said the two men were arrested by Russian troops at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhia in south-eastern Ukraine.
The charity said in a statement that the two civilians were working as humanitarian aid volunteers when they were arrested on Monday.
Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News: “I know the Foreign Office will be working very closely with authorities and families to understand this [what is happening] and support them.
“This will continue at pace in the coming days. It is a tragic story and our hearts go out to the families affected.”
She added that Putin’s invasion “remains utterly outrageous” and Britain and its allies are “doing everything they can in their fight to oust Putin”.
Tributes were paid yesterday to dad Scott Sibley, who was killed in Ukraine while reportedly fighting Russian troops.
His former comrades described him as “the bravest person” they knew.
A second British volunteer is missing in Ukraine after traveling to the war zone following the Russian invasion.
“We can confirm that a British national has been killed in Ukraine and support his family,” said a spokesman for the Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office.
Speaking of the second man, the spokesman said: “We are aware of a British national who is missing in Ukraine and is supporting his family. We are urgently seeking further information.”
The Foreign Office did not publish any further details about the British nationals.
His loving wife Victoria wrote: “We are overwhelmed by all the kind news and fond memories shared with us so far.”
Sibley, who was depicted with the Ukrainian flag on his uniform, appears to have been a former member of the Commando Logistic Support Squadron.
They posted on social media: “This week the Sqn lost a former soldier.
“A man who showed commando spirit to the end. RIP. Scott Sibley”
Devastated friends and family paid tribute to a “guy inside and out”.
His friend Alex Darwin, who ministered with him, wrote in a Facebook post: “I am in total disbelief.
“What a pleasure to have served by your side, to know you and to witness your kind manner.
“You were there for me and I will forever be grateful to you.
“One hell of a handsome guy, inside and out! Stop, Scott Sibley.”
Another friend shared: “Scott Sibley you were a good friend and funny as hell.
“You will be missed by everyone who ever met you, that’s for sure.
“Until the great reorganization in heaven, brother. Step back, soldier, your duty is over. RIP, it’s our deer now.”
Two Gofundme pages were set up to help his family cover funeral expenses.
One of them, compiled by Craig Gant, reads: “Scott was a son, father, brother and uncle.
“To me he was a friend like no other and the bravest person I have ever met, he was like a brother to me.
You will be missed by everyone who ever met you, that’s for sure
Friend, Scott Sibley
“His life might have been cut short, but he lived to the fullest and did things the Sibs way, to the end.”
The second Gofundme page reads: “I know that only a few of us have been able to meet siblings outside of our community and many have arranged to meet him or have been unable to due to the distance, but any of us who have had the pleasure of Knowing siblings, it was struck by its infectious laugh and ability to cheer us up (or upset us, haha)
“We all have memories of him and he helped us in different ways. If you would like to write something with your donation, please feel free to do so so his family can see how much he was loved by all of us!
“rest in peace sibs we will never forget you”
The news follows the announcement that around 8,000 British soldiers will take part in exercises across Eastern Europe to combat Russian aggression.
This would be one of the largest British operations since the Cold War.
Dozens of tanks are deployed from Finland in the north to North Macedonia in the south in response to the ongoing military crisis in Ukraine.
The Queen’s Royal Hussars are to be embedded in an armored brigade in Finland, which shares an 830-mile land border with Russia.
Exercises are also taking place alongside American troops in Poland.
Maneuvers should take place at least until June.
British forces are supported by tens of thousands of NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force troops.
This action was already planned, but the Defense Ministry said it was stepped up in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
The commander of the field army, Lt. Gen. Ralph Wooddisse, said: “The UK is making a significant contribution to the defense of Europe and the deterrence of Russian aggression.
“The British Army exercise series is fundamental to both.”
He added: “The scale of the engagement, coupled with the professionalism, training and agility of the British Army, will deter aggression on a scale unseen in Europe this century.”
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The security of Europe has never been more important.
“In these exercises, our troops will join forces with allies and partners across NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force to demonstrate solidarity and strength in one of the largest joint operations since the Cold War.”
It comes as British volunteers Shaun Pinner, 48, and Aiden Aslin, 28, remain trapped in Mariupol.
Ex-Squaddie Pinner was profiled by Russian state media in a chilling clip entitled: “Another mercenary was caught in Mariupol.
“Shaun Pinner is an English mercenary. He says he doesn’t need the war anymore and wants to go home. He can’t make it home.
“Captured Ukrainian soldiers testify to the atrocities committed by foreign mercenaries. And after the trial, they face the death penalty.”
Pictures of Aslin showing bruises and cuts on him have been shared online.
A good pal of Aslin’s has claimed the soldier is “still alive,” but Putin’s cronies have targeted his family in an attempt to get them to “cry publicly and demand that he end up with Ukraine’s top traitor.” , Victor Medvedchuk, is exchanged”.
At the beginning of the invasion, a number of brave British soldiers joined Ukraine in the fight against Putin.
Many of them were ex-soldiers and some with little or no military experience.
The British government urged the British not to take up arms on behalf of Kiev as they were jeopardizing the safety of everyone at home.
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