Two British citizens died while attempting a “humanitarian evacuation” from Soledar. This was reported by their families.
Chris Perry and his colleague Andrew Begshaw were declared missing on 7 January. A statement from the Perry family, released by the British Foreign Office, says he was selfless and determined in helping Ukraine. The volunteer's family is very proud of him.
British volunteers died
Members of the Perry family noted that they never thought they would say goodbye to Chris so early, because he still had his whole life ahead of him. His family remembers him as a caring son, a fantastic brother, and a loving partner.
He was drawn to Ukraine in March, during the darkest hour at the start of the Russian invasion, and helped those who needed it the most, saved over 400 lives, as well as many abandoned animals. It is impossible to express in words how much we will miss him, but he will forever remain in our hearts. the statement says.
Previously, Perry told reporters about how he evacuated people near the front line. This often happened in appalling conditions, with Russian artillery bombarding Ukrainian positions.
Volunteer hails from Cornwall. When Russia attacked Ukraine, he was working as a running coach in Cheltenham. According to the Briton, he knew he had to go and help.
Thanks to his courageous actions on the front line, Perry evacuated the inhabitants of Severodonetsk before the Russians captured him. Subsequently, the foreigner worked east of Liman.
Foreigners set off for Soledar
Begsho and Perry left Kramatorsk for Soledar on January 6 at 8:00. Since then, the volunteers have not been in contact anymore.
January 7 at about 5:15 pm, the duty unit of the Bakhmut regional police department received a report about the disappearance of two volunteers – British citizens aged 28 and 48 years old, the police said.
The details of the disappearance of foreigners are still unknown. People who know something about the whereabouts of Begshaw and Perry are urged to contact the police immediately.