By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/MOSCOW (Worthy News) – Russian mercenaries say they have found the body of one of two British voluntary aid workers reported missing in eastern wartorn Ukraine. The announcement came as Western intelligence sources said heavy fighting continued around the eastern Ukrainian town of Soledar, where Kyiv claims it killed more than 100 Russian soldiers in a single strike.
As clashes continued, the mayors of four central and Eastern European capitals visited Ukraine to show their support for Ukrainians nearly 11 months after the country was invaded by Russia.
The controversial Russian Wagner Group claimed its mercenaries found the body of one of two British voluntary aid workers reported missing in eastern Ukraine.
It did not give the dead man’s name but said documents belonging to both Britons had been found on his body.
A photo posted alongside the statement appeared to show passports bearing the names of Andrew Bagshaw and Christopher Parry, the two missing workers who risked their lives to help wounded people.
Ukrainian police were looking for the pair who went missing, while Britain’s Foreign Office added that it supported the families of the two missing men.
Concerns about the plight of the men came as Britain’s latest intelligence update showed that heavy fighting continued around the eastern Ukrainian town of Soledar.
The Ukrainian military said Wednesday its forces killed over 100 Russian soldiers in a single missile strike in Soledar, but there was no immediate confirmation from Moscow or independent verification.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, mocked Russian claims to have taken over parts of the eastern city of Soledar and said that fighting is ongoing. Horrific footage has emerged with Russian soldiers scrambling for cover as the Ukrainian military apparently uses drones to target them.
The Russian and Ukrainian military have confirmed that clashes continue in the area. There were no signs that fighting would end soon, with several NATO alliance countries sending more weapons.
And Russia appointed Valery Gerasimov, chief of the general staff, as its overall commander for the war in Ukraine, in the latest of several significant shake-ups of Moscow’s military leadership after several battlefield setbacks.
With human suffering ongoing, the mayors of four Central and Eastern European capitals visited Kyiv to support those living there and others facing what they called “Russian aggression” in the former Soviet republic.
The mayors of Budapest, Warsaw, Bratislava, and Prague met Kyiv’s mayor Vitalij Kličko and others amid mounting concerns about the rising death toll. Liberal Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony condemned Hungary’s rightwing government for allegedly not showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
He said that the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán “often acts in the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the aggressor.” Orbán has denied wrongdoing, saying Hungary is heavily dependent on Russian energy but opened its borders to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees.
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