UKRAINE leaders have paid a moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley after his death in battle against Russian forces.
25-year-old Jordan was shot dead during intense fighting for the city of Severodonetsk.
He had been part of a heroic force fighting street after street to defend the city, just 50 miles from the Russian border, which President Zelensky described as crucial to eastern Ukraine’s future.
Jordan left the 3rd Rifle Battalion in March and, within weeks of being raised, joined the Foreign Legion, one of thousands of recruits from more than 50 countries who flocked to Ukraine to defeat Putin.
His devastated family, from Sandbach, Cheshire, were told of his death last week.
The Legion paid their own tribute to the heroic warrior yesterday.
Spokesman Corporal Damien Magrou said: “Jordan made the ultimate sacrifice to defend Ukraine, its sovereignty and freedom. Jordan will forever be a hero of Ukraine and the Legion. We thank Jordan for his service and selfless sacrifice.”
Jordan’s father Dean said his son left the British Army “to pursue his career as a soldier in other areas”.
Dean added: “The war against Europe had started so after much deliberation he went to Ukraine to help. He has decisively changed the lives of many people. He really was a hero.”
The Foreign Office said it was supporting “the family of a Brit who died in Ukraine”.
Jordan is the second known British veteran to die in Ukraine.
Commando and father of two Scott Sibley, 36, was killed defending the city of Mykolayiv in April.
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