British man killed in Ukraine was a paramedic who 'died a hero'

A British man killed in Ukraine has been named as Jonathan Shenkin.

The 45-year-old’s family has paid tribute, saying he ‘died as a hero in an act of bravery as a paramedic’.

The dad-of-two died in December after enlisting in Ukraine’s Army, relatives said in a post on Facebook.

He is one of eight British people known to have lost their lives in the brutal Russian invasion.

‘On enlisting in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, he made the ultimate sacrifice to defend values we all believe in’, his loved ones wrote.

‘He is survived by his son and daughter, to whom he was devoted.’

His brother Daniel added that he had spent much of his life ‘helping others’.

Mr Shenkin was born and raised in Glasgow and had lived in London and Malta before spending time in the Israeli army.

Following this, he set up his own security business and went on two tours of Iraq.

Over the course of his career, he was contracted by a number of big organisations – including the US Department of Defense and NATO.

He also reportedly worked for the UN in Afghanistan, served as a military medic in Oman and carried out close protection roles in Somalia and Angola.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting Mr Shenkin’s family.

The government department is still advising Brits against all travel to Ukraine, saying there is a ‘real risk to life’.

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