BRITISH — Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian Wagner mercenary group, has asserted that one of the two British volunteer relief workers reported missing in eastern Ukraine has been found dead. The deceased man’s name was not mentioned by Prigozhin in a message posted on his Telegram channel late on Wednesday, but he did add that paperwork belonging to both Britons had been found on the body. The declaration was uploaded next to a picture that claimed to show passports containing the names of the two missing workers, Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Parry.
The two were last seen on January 6 traveling from Kramatorsk to Soledar in eastern Ukraine. As part of Moscow’s months-long drive to seize Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk area, the town known for its salt mining has experienced days of intense combat. The claim was not corroborated by The Guardian. Wagner’s statements could not be verified, according to Donetsk police. Oleksandr Polosukhin, the deputy chief of the Donetsk area police’s communication division, told Ukraine’s state channel Suspilne that search efforts for the missing individuals were still ongoing.
Two British men who went missing in Ukraine are being supported by their families, according to a representative for the UK Foreign Office. British national Aiden Aslin, who has been a marine for Ukraine since 2018 after previously being taken prisoner by Russia, tweeted: “In reference to the Two Foreigners, do not accept anything Russia says regarding their status. They’ve lied and broken the law before, and they’ll do it again to give the impression that they were someone they weren’t.
According to reports, Cheltenham-based running coach Parry recently told Sky News that he had been driving to frontline towns and villages to evacuate citizens. I take each day as it comes, he declared. When you witness awful things, they can sometimes stay with you. But you are employed. You’re in a position of responsibility, and as soon as you pick these folks up, you must leave the vehicle and leave the area because artillery is continually being fired nearby. It makes you wonder if your luck will run out when you look back and realize that something was only a hundred meters away from us, but it’s worth it to save these individuals.
According to a statement by the organization Kiwi Help and Refugee Evacuation, Bagshaw traveled to Ukraine from New Zealand and has been giving aid and evacuating citizens. The Canterbury Charity hospital’s founders, Philip and Susan Bagshaw, confirmed their son was gone. They described him as “a very intelligent, independently minded person” who volunteered in Ukraine.
The statement said, “He was born in the UK, and Philip and Susan are very appreciative to all the agencies, both from London and NZ, who are trying so hard to find him. “Andrew’s parents adore him so much and are so proud of all the work he has been doing delivering food and medicines and helping elderly people relocate from close to the front lines of the war.” Genetics researcher Bagshaw stated that he had been removing largely elderly people from Soledar for approximately a month in August to the New Zealand news site Stuff. A dual New Zealander and British national was reported missing in Ukraine, and the UK government and New Zealand’s foreign ministry both said they were aware of the reports.
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