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Jordan Gatley, who left the British army for Ukraine in March, was called a “hero” when his father Dean paid tribute on social media.
He was killed in fighting in the eastern city of Severo Donetsk, which has seen heavy fighting in recent days.
He is the second Briton to be killed in the conflict, following the death of Scott Sibley in April.
Gateley’s father wrote in a Facebook post that his son had been helping train the local army. He added that his son was shot on the front lines while defending the city.
He said, “after much deliberation”, he went to Ukraine to help.
“She loved his work and we are so proud of him,” Gateley wrote, whose family learned of his death on Friday. “He really was a hero and he will always be in our hearts.”
Fierce street fighting took place in Severo Donetsk, with heavy artillery said to have inflicted heavy casualties on Russian and Ukrainian troops.
The region’s governor, Serhi Hayday, told Ukrainian television that Russian shelling had sparked a fire at a chemical plant in the city. Ukrainian officials estimate that as many as 800 civilians are sheltering in the factory’s underground bomb shelters.
Sibley’s death makes him the first British citizen to be killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, and he has been described as a “unique friend”. A post on the Logistics Support Squadron’s Facebook page described him as a “former active duty soldier” with the squadron and said he had “always displayed commando spirit”.
The Foreign Office has advised against travelling to Ukraine, and the defence ministry said Britons who joined the fray after the Russian invasion could commit crimes and could be prosecuted.
In March, the head of the British armed forces said the British should not go to Ukraine to fight and should find other ways to help.
Second Briton killed in Ukraine since war began
His son was the second Briton to be confirmed dead in Ukraine during the war.
Scott Sibley, 36, who was also a member of the British Armed Forces, died in late April.
In recent weeks, the city of Severo Donetsk has become the main focus of the Russian offensive.
It is one of the last areas of the occupied eastern Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) published in its latest intelligence update that “Russia is using its superior force and artillery ratio to gradually occupy territory in Severo Donetsk and its surrounding areas”.