Ukraine pays moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley after he was killed fighting Russian troops
UKRAINE’s top brass have paid a moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley after he was killed fighting Russian troops.
Jordan, 25, was shot during the intense battle for the city of Severodonetsk.
He had been part of a heroic force engaged in street-to-street fighting to defend the town, just 80 kilometers from the Russian border and described by President Zelensky as crucial to the future of eastern Ukraine.
Jordan left the 3rd Rifle Battalion in March and joined the Foreign Legion weeks after it was established, one of thousands of recruits from more than 50 countries who flocked to Ukraine to help defeat Putin.
His devastated family, from Sandbach, Cheshire, were notified of his death last week.
The Legion paid its own tribute to the heroic warrior yesterday.
Corporal Damien Magrou, spokesperson, said: “Jordan made the ultimate sacrifice to defend Ukraine, its sovereignty and its freedom. Jordan will forever be a hero of Ukraine and the Legion. We thank Jordan for his service and selfless sacrifice.
Jordan’s father Dean said his son left the British Army “to pursue his career as a soldier in other fields”.
Dean added: “The war against Europe had begun so, after careful consideration, he went to Ukraine to help. He made a huge difference in the lives of many people. He was truly a hero. »
The Foreign Office said it was “supporting the family of a Briton who died in Ukraine”.
Jordan is the second British veteran known to have died in Ukraine.
Commando and father of two, Scott Sibley, 36, was killed defending the city of Mykolaiv in April.