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Brits Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Parry killed attempting ‘humanitarian evacuation’ in Ukraine

Christopher Perry (left) and Andrew Bagshaw (right) had volunteered with aid efforts in Ukraine (Picture: Ukraine National Police)

Christopher Perry (left) and Andrew Bagshaw (right) had volunteered with aid efforts in Ukraine (Picture: Ukraine National Police)

Brits Chris Parry and Andrew Bagshaw were killed while attempting a ‘humanitarian evacuation’ in Ukraine.

The pair had travelled to Soledar, in the east of the country, to volunteer with aid efforts.

Parry’s family have released a statement, through the Foreign Office, tonight.

The statement from Rob, Christine and Katy Parry reads: ‘It is with great sadness we have to announce that our beloved Chrissy has been killed along with his colleague Andrew Bagshaw whilst attempting a humanitarian evacuation from Soledar, eastern Ukraine.

‘His selfless determination in helping the old, young and disadvantaged there has made us and his larger family extremely proud.

‘We never imagined we would be saying goodbye to Chris when he had such a full life ahead of him. He was a caring son, fantastic brother, a best friend to so many and a loving partner to Olga.

‘Chris was a confident, outward looking and adventurous young man who was loyal to everyone he knew.

‘He lived and worked away as a software engineer but Cornwall was always his home. He loved rock climbing, cycling, running and skydiving and wanted to travel the world.

Christopher Perry Police are looking for two ???? volunteers who disappeared near Soledar. In the morning of January 6, Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Perry left Kramatorsk. At 17:15, the police received a report of their disappearance. It is reported that on January 6 at 8 am Andrew Begshaw and Christopher Perry left Kramatorsk for Soledar. After that, contact with them was lost. Law enforcement officers are trying to locate the missing persons. If you have information that will help in the search, please contact the police. ?? Press Service of the National Police

Christopher Perry had left Kramatorsk for Soledar when he disappeared

‘He found himself drawn to Ukraine in March in its darkest hour at the start of the Russian invasion and helped those most in need, saving over 400 lives plus many abandoned animals.

‘It is impossible to put into words how much he will be missed but he will forever be in our hearts.

‘We feel so privileged that he chose our family to be part of.’

The pair had last been seen heading to the town of Soledar in the eastern Donetsk region of the country, where heavy fighting was reported.

Andrew Bagshaw, one of the two British men missing in Ukraine is seen in this undated handout photo. The Spearhead Foundation/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT.

Andrew Bagshaw was said to be ‘dedicated’ to his work in Ukraine (Picture: Instagram)

Bagshaw, a resident of New Zealand, was in Ukraine to assist in delivering humanitarian aid.

Christopher had joined other volunteers on a rescue mission in Ukraine to help people escape bombed areas.

Speaking to Sky News last year he said: ‘I went to a military command unit and spoke to a number of soldiers who described Bakhmut as the ‘worst place they had ever been’.

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