A 36 year-old British army veteran has become the first known United Kingdom casualty in the war between Ukraine and Russia.
It is believed Scott Sibley was fighting with the Ukranian military against Russia when he was killed.
A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said: “We can confirm that a British national has been killed in Ukraine and are supporting their family.”
Who was Scott Sibley?
Mr. Sibley was a father from Lincolnshire and had been living in the market town of Bedlington in Northumberland.
A former member of the Commando Logistic Support Squadron, Royal Marines, Mr. Sibley served his country overseas including Afghanistan.
In 2018, Mr. Sibley, supported his toddler daughter, Charlotte-Rose, who had been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma and was receivng chemotherapy.
“Her hair has started to fall out,” Mr. Silbey told the BBC back in 2018.
“So, we thought get my haircut and when her hair does fall out she won’t feel as different about it.”
How have people reacted to Mr. Sibley’s death?
Mr. Sibley’s former squadron Commando Logistic Support Squadron, Royal Marines said: “This week the Sqn [squadron] has lost a former serving soldier.
“A man that showed Commando spirit until the end. RIP. Scott Sibley,” the tribute read.
One former member of Commando Logistic Support Squadron, Royal Marines said it was “a pleasure” to have served alongside Mr. Sibley in the British army.
“Sib, I’m in complete disbelief,” the former soldier said.
“What a pleasure to have served along side you, to know you and to of experienced your kind nature.
“You was there for me and I will forever be grateful.
“One hell of a beautiful guy, inside and out!
“Stand down Scott Sibley,” the former soldier concluded.
Why was Mr. Sibley in Ukraine?
It has been reported that Mr. Sibley was a foreign volunteer and was fatally injured while fighting near Mariupol or elsehwere in the Donbass area.