British father becomes first known British victim in Ukraine and another Brit is missing

A British father has been killed in Ukraine and a second Briton is missing after the couple apparently joined local forces fighting Russia.

Scott Sibley, a British armed forces veteran who served with the Commando Logistics Support Squadron in Afghanistan, has been named as the UK’s first casualty in Ukraine.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed that the British citizen had been killed in Ukraine and the whereabouts of a second Briton are unknown.

The two men are believed to have been fighting Russian fighters after joining Ukrainian soldiers as volunteers, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Sibley’s friends, affectionately nicknamed Sibs, paid their respects to the veteran, who is believed to have died on April 23, and created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.

“Scott was son, father, brother and uncle,” his friend Craig wrote on the page. “To me he was a friend like no other and the bravest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, he was as good as a brother to me.

“His life may have been cut short, but he lived to the fullest and did things the Sib way, right to the end.”

Another fundraising page set up for Sibley’s relatives described his “infectious laugh” and added: “We all have memories of him and he has helped us in different ways.”

Sibley leaves behind her daughter Charlotte-Rose, who was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that primarily affects young children.

After her diagnosis in 2018, Sibley shaved her head so Charlotte-Rose wouldn’t feel any different when she lost her hair, the BBC reported.

Scott Sibley, a veteran of the British armed forces, has been named as the Briton who died in Ukraine.

Sibley's friends, (pictured left) affectionately nicknamed Sibs, paid their respects to the veteran, who is believed to have died on April 23, and created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.

Sibley’s friends, (pictured left) affectionately nicknamed Sibs, paid their respects to the veteran, who is believed to have died on April 23, and created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.

Sibley’s former squad, the Army Logistics Support Squad, paid tribute to the veteran, writing: ‘This week the Sqn has lost a former service soldier. A man who showed Command spirit to the end. RIP. Scott Sibley.

A former comrade, Alex Darwin, paid tribute to his friend. ‘Yup, I’m in complete disbelief. What a pleasure to have served by your side, to know you and to have experienced your kindness.

You were there for me and I will always be grateful to you. A gorgeous guy, inside and out.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) did not provide details on why the men were in Ukraine.

“We can confirm that a British national has been killed in Ukraine and is supporting his family,” an FCDO spokesman said.

Speaking of the second British man, the spokesman said: “We are aware of a British national who is missing in Ukraine and is supporting his family.” We are urgently seeking more information. ‘

Several Britons traveled to Ukraine after Russia invaded the country on February 24 to fight on the front lines against Vladimir Putin’s men.

Sibley's friends, affectionately nicknamed Sibs, paid their respects to the veteran, who is believed to have died on April 23, and created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.  Sibley served in the British Army Commando Logistics Support Squadron

Sibley’s friends, affectionately nicknamed Sibs, paid their respects to the veteran, who is believed to have died on April 23, and created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral. Sibley served in the British Army Commando Logistics Support Squadron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had called for foreign fighters to join the defense of their country against Russia in the days following the invasion.

Downing Street has strongly discouraged Britons from traveling to Ukraine to fight, while serving members of the British Armed Forces have been banned from doing so.

Earlier this month, Britons Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were captured by Russian forces and have since paraded on Russian state media begging to be exchanged for a pro-Kremlin prisoner.

Shaun Pinner (left) and Aiden Aslin (right), who had been serving in the Ukrainian marines, were captured by Putin's troops in the city of Mariupol earlier this month.

Shaun Pinner (left) and Aiden Aslin (right), who had been serving in the Ukrainian marines, were captured by Putin’s troops in the city of Mariupol earlier this month.

Employees of the emergency service work at the site of residential houses damaged by a missile attack, as Russia's invasion continues, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Thursday.

Employees of the emergency service work at the site of residential houses damaged by a missile attack, as Russia’s invasion continues, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Thursday.

Aslin and Shaun Pinner asked last week on Russian state television about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step in and make sure they were exchanged for Vladimir Putin’s ally, Viktor Medvedchuk, who is detained by the Ukrainian authorities.

Pinner is a former Royal Anglian soldier and has made it clear that he considers Ukraine his second country, where he married.

The UK’s Foreign Enlistment Act prevents citizens from joining foreign armies fighting countries at peace with Britain, and the government’s foreign secretary and defense minister have warned against Britons fighting in Ukraine after that the war began at the end of February.

Just days after the February 24 invasion, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss came under fire after she said she would “absolutely” support the British who decided to help the war effort.

“People can make their own decisions,” he said. ‘The people of Ukraine are fighting for freedom and democracy, not only for Ukraine, but for all of Europe. Absolutely, if people want to support that fight, I would support them to do so.’

The UK Government website warns: “If you travel to Ukraine to fight or to assist others involved in the conflict, your activities may constitute offenses against UK law and you could be prosecuted on your return to the UK.” .

At the beginning of the invasion, Ukraine encouraged foreigners to offer their support. President Zelensky has claimed that 16,000 foreigners have traveled to Ukraine to resist the Russians.

In March, groups of British men gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in London to offer their support.

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