Two British nations previously reported to be missing in Ukraine have died in the country, their family members have said. Christopher Parry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 47, are said to have been killed while attempting a “humanitarian evacuation” of an elderly woman.
Mr Parry’s family members confirmed the news. A statement from Rob, Christine and Katy Parry released through the Foreign Office read: “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.”
Describing him as a “confident, outward looking and adventurous young man”, his family further explained his work in Ukraine. They said: “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.”
Mr Bagshaw was also in Ukraine to help with humanitarian aid, according to local media in New Zealand, where Mr Bagshaw resided. His parents Dame Sue and professor Phil Bagshaw, said: “He and a colleague, Chris Parry, were attempting to rescue an elderly woman from Soledar, in an area of intense military action, when their car was hit by an artillery shell.
“The Ukrainian authorities, and government officials in New Zealand and London have been working hard to learn more details but little further is known about the circumstances of his death. Due to official legal processes in Ukraine it will be some time before Andrew’s remains are returned to New Zealand.”
Throughout their emotional statement, Mr Bagshaw’s parents spoke about their “selfless” son and his work in Ukraine. They added: “We intend that his death shall not be in vain. We are amongst many parents who grieve the deaths of their sons and daughters. We urge the civilized countries of the world to stop this immoral war and to help the Ukrainians to rid their homeland of an aggressor.”