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      A man becomes the eighth Briton to die in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      A man has become the eighth British citizen to die in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.

      The identity of the individual, who the BBC said was a man, is not yet known, but the Foreign Office said his family has been informed.

      A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British citizen who died in Ukraine and are in contact with local authorities.”

      The UK government continues to advise against all travel to the Ukraine, amid the ongoing invasion.

      Since the war began in February last year, many people have traveled from the UK, some taking part in the fight against Russian forces, while others are doing volunteer and aid work.

      The man is believed to be the eighth British citizen to be killed in Ukraine since the war began.

      In January, British citizens Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Parry were killed in eastern Ukraine while attempting a “humanitarian evacuation.”

      Simon Lingard was killed in Ukraine last November, while former British soldier Jordan Gatley was shot dead in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk in June.

      Scott Sibley, from Lincolnshire, was killed in southern Ukraine in April after a drone dropped mortar shells on his regiment.

      Andrew Bagshaw leans against a sofa
      Andrew Bagshaw’s death was confirmed along with that of Christopher Parry nearly three weeks after the couple went missing in Ukraine (Handout/PA)

      Craig Mackintosh, from Norfolk, was killed while volunteering as a doctor in the Ukraine in August.

      Paul Urey, a British aid worker, died last July while detained by Russian-backed separatists.

      The latest death comes after British military chiefs stated that Vladimir Putin’s troops have been ordered to advance in “most sectors” but are struggling to make a breakthrough on the Ukrainian front line.

      The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Tuesday that the Russians “have not amassed sufficient offensive combat power” in any axis to “achieve decisive effect.”

      Ukraine will be high on the agenda when Defense Secretary Ben Wallace joins his counterparts at a NATO meeting in Brussels.

      The second day of the NATO defense ministers meeting comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky toured London, Paris and Brussels as part of efforts to convince the allies to arm Kiev with fighter planes.

      The request, which comes as the first anniversary of the invasion of Russia approaches, is Zelensky’s latest plea to Western allies.

      Britain will become the first nation to start training Ukrainian pilots on NATO-standard aircraft, but the government has indicated that any possibility of Britain lending planes to Kiev is a long-term prospect.


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