Jordan ‘Joe’ Chadwick, from Burnley in Lancashire, served as a Scots Guard in the British Army from 2011 to 2015. The 31-year-old’s body was reportedly found floating in the water.
Mr Chadwick’s body was repatriated to the UK by the Ukrainian International Army on August 7. An inquest to establish the cause of his death will be held in February.
Mr Chadwick’s mother, Brenda, said her family had been left “devastated” by her son’s death. She told the BBC that Mr Chadwick had wanted to be a soldier from a young age.
“His passion to support freedom and assist others with his skills led him to leave the UK and travel to Ukraine in early October 2022,” said Mrs Chadwick.
She learned of her son’s death on June 26, after being informed by Lancashire Police that he had been killed. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) contacted her the next day and confirmed the tragic news.
Mrs Chadwick said: “Although we are extremely proud of his unwavering courage and resilience, his death has been devastating.
“No words can be found to describe the loss of such a short life. A son, brother, grandson, nephew and uncle, who was loved immensely.”
Back in April, Russia claimed it had killed seven “giant British fighters” in Ukraine. And a number of Britons captured by Russian forces while fighting in Ukraine had been sentenced to death.
But, in September last year, five British men who had been sentenced death were released from Russian detention in Ukraine as part of a prisoner exchange. However, a British aid worker captured by Russian forces died in custody. Paul Urey, aged 45, was reported to have died in detention in July 2022 after being captured by pro-Russian separatists.