Ukrainian War: Former British soldier ‘shot to death’ in fighting in Severodonetsk | world news



A former British soldier has died fighting Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, his family has announced.

Jordan Gatley, 24, left the British Army in March after six years ‘to pursue his career as a soldier in other fields’ and flew to Ukraine soon after to help repel Russian forces and train Ukrainian soldiers.

Former comrades from 3rd Battalion The Rifles were among those who paid tribute to their former comrade, with an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also calling him “a true hero”.

Announcing the news on Facebook, Jordan’s father, Dean, wrote: “Yesterday (6/10/22) we received the devastating news that our son, Jordan, was shot and killed in the city of Severodonetsk, in Ukraine.”

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has confirmed that it is “supporting the family of a Briton who died in Ukraine”.

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His father added: “His team says they all loved him, just like us, and he made a huge difference in the lives of many people, not only as a soldier but also training the Ukrainian forces.

“Jordan and his team were so proud of the work they did and he often told me that the missions they did were dangerous, but necessary.

“He loved his job and we are so proud of him. He was truly a hero and he will forever be in our hearts.”

Jordan is pictured during his days in the British Army with his father Dean.  Photo: Dean Gatley/Facebook
Jordan is pictured during his days in the British Army with his father Dean. Photo: Dean Gatley/Facebook

He told Sky News that Jordan registered with Ukraine’s International Territorial Defense Legion – the Ukrainian Foreign Legion – on the trip on March 18.

He was paid but died before his first pay was released, he added.

“He joined it so he was covered by the Geneva Convention

“He really cared about people who had problems. I haven’t stopped crying for two days.”

Mr Gatley’s Facebook post, written late on Saturday, was met with hundreds of messages of condolence.

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, also paid tribute to him.

He posted on Twitter: “It takes a lot of courage to leave home and walk thousands of miles to stand up for what you believe in.

“Just because the heart says so. Because you can’t stand evil.

“Jordan Gatley was a true hero. We will always remember his contribution to protecting Ukraine and the free world.”

Will Murray, who was part of 3rd Battalion The Rifles with Jordan, told Sky News: “Jordan was a very good lad. He took his job very seriously and was very professional.”

Mr Murray said they had not been deployed in a conflict during the period they served together, but as he left The Rifles in 2020, it was possible that Jordan could have taken part in such a deployment between this date and March of last year.

“I was surprised [he went out to Ukraine]. I didn’t think he would. But as I said, he took it very seriously,” Murray added.

Another person who served with Jordan in 3rd Battalion The Rifles, Billyjoe Powers, told Sky News: “When I joined the army, Gatley was already there as a lance corporal. He always put you in your face. first, he was a high-level guy. the field, he was perfect, always listening to others.

“He always had a smile on his face.”

Responding to the news of his death, he added: “I couldn’t even believe it. I didn’t know he had been there until I saw the RIPs.”

Second Briton to die in Ukraine since war started

Jordan Gatley is the second Briton to be confirmed dead in Ukraine during the war.

Scott Sibley36, died at the end of April and was also a former member of the British Armed Forces.

The city of Severodonetsk has become the main focus of the Russian offensive in recent weeks.

It is one of the last areas of the occupied eastern region of Luhansk which is still under Ukrainian control.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) released in its latest intelligence update that “Russia is using its superior balance of power and artillery to gradually seize territory in and around Severodonetsk.”


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