- Andre Rodin-Paul
- BBC News
5 hours ago
The families of Britons Chris Barry and Andrew Bagshaw, who were reported missing in eastern Ukraine, said they were killed.
Bagshaw, 47, and Pari, 28, were last seen heading to Solidar on January 6.
Bagshaw’s family said the two men were trying to save an elderly woman when their car was hit by a shell.
Barry’s family said the two men died while “attempting to conduct a humanitarian evacuation”.
Earlier this month, the Russian mercenary group Wagner claimed that the body of one of the two men had been found.
Solidar has been the focus of fierce fighting. Earlier this month, the Russian army claimed to have captured the salt-rich Ukrainian town after a long battle.
In a statement from the Foreign Office, Rob, Christine and Katy Pary wrote: “It is with great sadness that we have to report that our beloved Chrissie was killed, along with colleague Andrew Bagshaw, while attempting to carry out a humanitarian evacuation from Solidar in eastern Ukraine.”
Speaking of Barry, they said: “His selfless determination to help the old, the young and the less fortunate out there has made us and his extended family so proud. We never imagined we would say goodbye to Chris while he still had a whole life ahead of him, he was such a loving son, wonderful brother, friend to so many and partner Loving Olga.
They added: “Chris was a confident, forward-looking, adventurous young man who was loyal to everyone he knew. He lived and worked abroad as a software engineer, but Cornwall was always his home. He loved rock climbing, cycling, running, skydiving and wanted to travel the world.”
“He found himself drawn to Ukraine in March, at its darkest hour at the start of the Russian invasion and helped those most in need, rescuing more than 400 people as well as many animals abandoned by their owners,” the statement continued.
His family said: “It is impossible to describe in words how much we will miss him, but he will remain in our hearts forever.”
Barry and Bagcho were doing volunteer work in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.-
The researcher, Bagshaw, was a British citizen but lived in New Zealand. He has been a volunteer in Ukraine since April.--
His parents, Ms. Su and Professor Phil Bagshaw, said the two men were providing food and medicine and helping the elderly.
In a statement released to the media, they said that Barry and Bagshaw “were trying to rescue an elderly woman from Solidar, in an area of intense military action, when their car was hit by an artillery shell.”
They added: “Andrew took many personal and selfless risks and saved many lives; we love him and are really proud of what he’s done.”
“The world must be strong and stand with Ukraine, give them (Ukrainians) the military support they need now, and help them rebuild their shattered country after the war,” they added.
Sherilyn McCrory, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, tweeted: “My deepest condolences to the family of Makani Christopher Barry, whose death in Ukraine has been confirmed by the Foreign Office.”
She added, “My thoughts are with his family at this time, and I know they are receiving support from State Department staff.”
The British Foreign Office had earlier warned against any travel to Ukraine, warning of a “real risk to life”.
It added that British nationals still in Ukraine should leave immediately if it was safe to do so.
Barry previously spoke to BBC Radio Cornwall on January 2 from the Pakhmut region in eastern Ukraine.
In explaining his reasons for being there, he said he especially wanted to help children.
“Being able to get them out of these war-torn areas certainly makes it more valuable than anything else I can imagine,” he said.
On January 3, three days before the volunteers disappeared, Barry told a freelance journalist that he had volunteered as an evacuation driver.
“I receive requests from relatives asking us to go to evacuate their relatives,” he said.
“A lot of volunteers don’t go out anymore, but there are people who want to go out, so I’m ready to do that,” he added.