– I never thought I would use social media in this way, Dean Gately wrote in one Open a Facebook post.
There, Gatley shares the news that his son Jordan was shot dead in Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
Jordan left the British Army in March to continue his career as a soldier in other areas, his father wrote.
– The war began in Europe and after careful consideration he went to Ukraine for help.
Dean wrote that his son was proud of his work as a soldier, and that the family was proud of the work he did.
– He told me that assignments can be dangerous, but they are necessary. He was a true hero and will remain in our hearts forever.
The father’s Facebook post about his son’s murder received a huge response.
– We have received several letters from those who worked with them. He writes about how much he enjoyed his job, and that he was a skilled soldier.
Fighting for the city
According to his father, Jordan died in Severodonetsk. A city of just over 100,000 residents in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, where fighting has broken out in recent weeks.
If Russia captures the city, they will control the whole of Luhansk.
In a Ukrainian television broadcast, the city’s mayor, Serhij Gayday, said he assumed the Russians would do everything in their power to take the city either Sunday or Monday.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Severodonetsk has been subjected to air and artillery attacks. Only last month Russian ground forces occupied the city in the west of Luhansk Province.
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