Former British soldier killed fighting for Ukraine in Sievierodonetsk
Former British soldier Jordan Gatley was shot dead Friday while volunteering to help Ukraine defend Sievierodonetsk, his family announced in a post to Facebook. June 12 (UPI) -- A former British soldier has been killed fighting for Ukraine in the besieged city of Sievierodonetsk, his family announced. Jordan Gatley was shot dead Friday while volunteering to help Ukraine defend Sievierodonetsk, his family announced in a post Saturday to Facebook. "I didn't think that I'd ever use social media in this way but Sally, Adam and I would like to share some family news with all our friends, but there are just too many people to contact," his father Dean Gatley said in the post.
Gatley left the British Army in March to fight in Ukraine, just weeks after Russia invaded the country on Feb. "The war against Europe had begun so after careful consideration, he went to Ukraine to help," Dean Gatley wrote. "We have had several messages from his team out there telling us of his wealth of knowledge, his skills as a soldier and his love of his job. Dean Gatley added that his son told him that the missions he was going on "were dangerous but necessary.
"He loved his job and we are so proud of him," Dean Gatley said. Russian troops have destroyed two of the three bridges into Sievierodonetsk in a final push to take control of the key city in eastern Ukraine, officials said Sunday. Sievierodonetsk is the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the Luhansk oblast of Ukraine, which experts have said Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to annex into Russia in coming months. Meanwhile, more than a dozen locations of former McDonald's restaurants sold after the American company pulled out of Russia have opened as the rebranded Vkusno & Tochka in Moscow and the surrounding region.
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