British nationals killed while attempting ‘humanitarian evacuation’ in Ukraine

Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, were reported missing earlier this month
Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, were reported missing earlier this month

The two men were reported missing earlier this month while heading to Soledar, a town in the eastern Donetsk region

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Two British nationals have been killed while attempting a “humanitarian evacuation” in Ukraine, their family members have said.

Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, were reported missing earlier this month while they were heading to Soledar, a town in the eastern Donetsk region.

Andrew Bagshaw
Andrew Bagshaw

Heavy fighting had been reported in the region and Christopher’s family shared the sad news that the pair had been killed.

In a statement released by the Home Office they said: “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.

British volunteer Christopher Parry
British volunteer Christopher Parry

“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.

“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.”

Cherilyn Mackrory, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth where Christoper was reportedly born said: “My deepest condolences to the family of my constituent Christopher Parry, whose death in Ukraine has been confirmed by the Foreign Office.

“My thoughts are with his family at this time, and I understand they are receiving support from Foreign Office staff.”