The family of Jordan Gatley, a former British soldier, announced today that they had been contacted by members of their sons team, fighting in Ukraine, that their son had been shot and killed in the besieged city of Severodonetsk.
The announcement read:
“Yesterday (10/06/22) we received the devastating news that our son, Jordan, has been shot and killed in the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
“Jordan left the British Army in March this year to continue his career as a soldier in other areas. The war against Europe had begun so, after carful consideration, he went to the Ukraine to help.”
“Jordan and his team were so proud of the work they were doing and he often told me that the missions they were going on were dangerous, but necessary.
“He loved his job and we are so proud of him. He truly was a hero and will forever be in our hearts.”
This news comes amid troubling news from the front in which Russian troops have renewed their assaults on surrounding villages near Severodonetsk. Key villages such as Bakhmut have seen intense shelling and infantry advances, but have since held out. If these key villages fall, we could see an encirclement of Severodonetsk and a similar Mauripol situation. However, a large Ukrainian troop presence is at secondary positions in nearby Lysychansk, making an encirclement of Severodonetsk much more difficult.