Brits who evacuated civilians from Ukraine warzone were ‘executed by Wagner’

Two British humanitarian volunteers were killed in Ukraine when trying to rescue civilians might have been slain by Russian or Wagner troops, their families fear.

The families of Andrew Bagshaw, 48, and Christopher Parry, 28, paid emotional tributes to them saying that they "saved many lives" after they went missing in January before Russian social media pages started circulating images of their British passports.

Wagner Group forces claimed they had found the body of Mr Parry in Soledar, six miles northeast of Bakhmut, on January 11, the week following his disappearance.

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And now, Bagshaw's parents Professor Philip and Dame Susan Bagshaw have said they believe the pair were killed by Russian forces or even Wagner forces.

Professor Bagshaw told Stuff: "There’s a whole story here that’s not been told.

"He must have been subject to a war crime; how badly he was abused we’ll probably never know."

The pair added that a British post mortem examination of Parry's remians showed he was shot in the head and torso, while a Ukraine post-mortem of Bagshaw showed the same.

Professor Bagshaw added: "He was definitely shot. He may well have been abused.

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"We don't like to think how badly, but the report of his post-mortem is horrific."

He added that he had heard from a source that the pair were executed after being wrongly accused of working for NATO.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins of New Zealand, where the Bagshaws live, said he is supporting the investigation led by the devastated parents.

He told Stuff: "The Government is backing the International Criminal Court’s independent investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine so cases like Andrew’s can be investigated."

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