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‘Hero:’ Former British soldier ‘shot dead’ in fighting in Ukraine

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

Jordan Gatley left the British Army in March and flew to Ukraine soon after to help fend off Russian forces and train Ukrainian soldiers.

Announcing the news on Facebook, his father Dean wrote: “Yesterday (10/06/22) we received the devastating news that our son, Jordan, has been shot and killed in the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine.

“His team say they all loved him, as did we, and he made a massive difference to many peoples lives, not only soldiering, but also by training the Ukrainian forces.

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

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

The city of Severodonetsk has become the main focus of the Russian offensive in recent weeks. It is one of last areas in the occupied eastern Luhansk region that is still under Ukrainian control.

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