British soldier is killed in Ukraine: UK father is third Brit to die fighting Russian forces

A British soldier has been killed in Ukraine after travelling to the nation to assist with their struggle towards Russia.

Simon Lingard, who had served in the UK’s Special Forces, died on Monday and is believed to be the third British nationwide to die up to now in the struggle in Ukraine. 

The father-of-two, who served a number of excursions in Afghanistan with the British navy, died ‘fighting for what he believed in’, his household mentioned. 

Lingard, who is often known as ‘Grimmy’ and described by associates as a ‘warrior’, is believed to have been fighting alongside Ukrainian troops on the entrance line for months following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. 

But his son, Jackson, wrote on Facebook that his father died after his troupe was attacked by Russian troopers in Ukraine. 

Lingard, a former machine gunner, was killed when a trench he was sheltering in got here underneath assault from Russian artillery strikes.

He was a part of a band of British volunteers defending the city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s jap Donetsk area. 

Two different Brits are thought to have been injured in the strike. 

Jackson wrote: ‘After years of dedicating his effort and time to defending our nation, my dad, Si Grimmy Lingard, nonetheless had extra struggle in him and left the nation to shield the individuals of Ukraine towards the Russian military too. 

‘My coronary heart is damaged to announce that his troupe was attacked and pop has handed away in battle, a real hero and beloved to so many people.

‘I am unable to put into phrases how a lot he is (and can be) missed, however I’m comforted to know that this occurred doing what he liked and surrounded by associates. I like you dad, I’m so pleased with you.’ 

Simon Lingard, who had served in the UK’s Special Forces, died on Monday and is believed to be the third British nationwide to die up to now in the struggle in Ukraine

Lingard, who served a number of excursions in Afghanistan with the British navy, died ‘fighting for what he believed in’, his household mentioned

Jackson added: ‘The Ukrainian navy have provided to pay the charges to convey him again dwelling to us, however we nonetheless want some assist to give him the goodbye he deserves.’ 

Lingard’s household have up to now raised greater than £7,000 on GoFundMe for Lingard’s funeral. 

Lingard, from Great Harwood, Lancashire, is believed to be the third Briton to die whereas fighting in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the nation on February 24. 

Jordan Gatley, 24, died in June after leaving the British military in March, whereas former soldier Scott Sibley, 36, died in April. 

Lingard has been described by his household as ‘an inspiration to all who knew him’.

One of his youngsters wrote on the crowdfunding web page: ‘As most individuals are conscious my Dad Simon Lingard, (Grimmy) sadly lost his life in Ukraine on Monday seventh November.

‘My Dad was an inspiration to all who knew him, an actual life hero who died fighting for what he believed in.

‘He was liked and adored by so many a real illustration of what a soldier must be. Me and Keane are completely heartbroken.’ 

Lingard is believed to be the third Briton to die whereas fighting in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the nation on February 24. Jordan Gatley, 24, (proper) died in June after leaving the British military in March, whereas former soldier Scott Sibley, 36, (left) died in April

They added: ‘The Ukrainian Military have provided to convey him dwelling to England however we’d like assist to present him the respect and adoration he deserves by giving him the best well- deserved ship off.

‘Could you all please discover it in your coronary heart to donate something regardless of how small so we are able to honour our Dad and permit him to lastly Rest in Peace.’

One of Lingard’s associates wrote on Facebook: RIP Simon ‘Grimmy Lingard’, cannot describe how I really feel proper now. What a warrior. An actual man. 

‘I’ll miss you mate and though you are not right here, you have got my phrase I’ll end off what we began.’

A former colleague Kierren Stokes wrote on: ‘Absolutely gutted to be posting this, Si was an superior soldier with an excellent, generally questionable sense of humour.

‘He is a man I’m proud to have served with in 2 Para earlier than he moved to SFSG and served in Afghanistan on a number of excursions.

‘After the Russian invasion of Ukraine he didn’t hesitate to go and struggle on their behalf and I’m positive his experience, expertise and mentoring capabilities have helped the Ukrainian military push the Russians again to their present level.’

Lingard had beforehand served with the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment earlier than transferring to the Special Forces Support Group. He served in Afghanistan for a number of excursions. 

News of Lingard’s dying comes as Russia at the moment ordered its troops to withdraw from town of Kherson in southern Ukraine in an extra main blow to its marketing campaign amid a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu was hauled on Russian state TV at the moment to give an order to retreat from town of Kherson

Shoigu was accompanied by General Sergei Surovikin for the closely stage-managed ordeal, which noticed him admit that Kherson had turn into indefensible in the face of Ukrainian assaults

‘Begin to pull out troops,’ Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned at a televised meeting with Russia’s commander in Ukraine, Sergei Surovikin.

The commander had proposed the ‘troublesome determination’ of pulling again from Kherson and establishing defences on the jap financial institution of the Dnipro River.

Kherson metropolis was the primary city hub captured by Russia throughout its ‘particular navy operation’ and the one regional capital managed by the Russians because the offensive started on February 24.

Ukraine’s forces have for weeks been capturing villages en route to town close to the Black Sea and Kremlin-installed leaders in Kherson have been pulling out civilians.

But Ukraine responded cautiously to the Russian announcement.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak mentioned some Russian troops remained in town.

‘We see no indicators that Russia is leaving Kherson with no struggle,’ he mentioned on Twitter.

‘Ukraine is liberating territories based mostly on intelligence knowledge, not staged TV statements.’

Russia dropping the Kherson area would return Ukraine vital entry to the Sea of Azov and depart President Vladimir Putin with little to present from a marketing campaign that has turned him right into a pariah in the eyes of the West.

The retreat will put stress on Russian management of the remainder of the Kherson area, which kinds a land bridge from Russia to Crimea, the peninsula which Moscow annexed in 2014.

Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson means it not has a foothold on the west facet of the Dnipro River and brings Ukraine nearer to an assault on Crimea

Russia captured Kherson again in March (pictured) and Putin annexed the area just some weeks in the past, vowing it might be ‘perpetually’ Russian

Kherson was one in all 4 Ukrainian areas that Russia declared it had annexed in September, shortly after being compelled to withdraw from swathes of territory in the northeastern Kharkiv area.

The announcement of the retreat got here simply hours after officers mentioned the Moscow-installed deputy head of the Kherson area, Kirill Stremousov, a key supporter of annexation, had died in a automotive crash.

As Ukrainian troops have regularly superior in the south, Surovikin instructed Shoigu on Wednesday that some 115,000 individuals had been faraway from the western financial institution of the Dnipro, which incorporates town.

‘We have carried out every part doable for our half to guarantee their security through the evacuation,’ Surovikin mentioned in a report broadcast on the state-run Rossiya-24 tv channel.

Ukraine has outlined these inhabitants actions in direction of Russia or Russian-occupied territory as ‘deportations’.

Vladimir Putin is pictured meeting with a senior physician at a Moscow hospital at the moment – as his defence minister and prime commander went on TV to announce the retreat

A Ukrainian serviceman surveys a former Russian trench in Kherson Oblast close to the entrance line, after Putin’s troops started abandoning their positions

From ‘goodwill gestures’ to routs: Russia’s retreats in Ukraine and the way the navy has performed them off

When Vladimir Putin ordered his navy throughout Ukraine’s borders on February 24, retreat was the very very last thing on his thoughts.

Russia’s mighty armed forces would sweep apart Kyiv’s troops in a matter of hours – days at most – and return the whole nation to his management.

At least, that is what he had been instructed by his internal circle of sycophants.

Now, virtually 9 months into the battle, retreat is just about the one factor the Russian navy is able to doing.

Vladyslava Liubarets, a Bucha resident, walks together with her household previous destroyed Russian navy equipment on a street main into the Ukrainian capital the place Russian forces the place overwhelmed again

The rot started on April 6, when Putin’s males have been compelled to flee from the capital Kyiv after their bungling try to take the capital collapsed.

Not that they have been prepared to admit that to the Russian public.

Instead, individuals have been instructed the retreat was a ‘goodwill gesture’ to protect the lives of harmless civilians – by no means thoughts that Putin’s troops had really been massacring them by the hundred in locations like Bucha and Irpin.

In any case, Russia’s generals instructed the general public, the goal had by no means been to take Kyiv – that entire operation was a feint to pin the Ukrainian navy in place and put on it down. 

The actual goal, they mentioned, was the ‘liberation’ of Donbas which might begin in earnest now Kyiv’s armies had been mauled.

Another ‘goodwill gesture’ was then made on Snake Island in late June, as Putin’s males fled the tiny however strategic spit of land in the Black Sea.

But the defeat that got here subsequent was inconceivable to cover up, even for Russia. 

In early September, having begun a much-publicised assault in direction of Kherson in the south, Ukraine launched a second shock assault in northern Kharkiv.

Russian troops in the area – their numbers depleted as reinforcements have been moved to Kherson – rapidly folded.

Ukraine punched by the primary line of defence, then the second. 

Before lengthy, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and jeeps have been operating riot behind Russian traces, inflicting troops to panic and scatter.

The scale and velocity of what unfolded subsequent was an excessive amount of for even Moscow’s polished propaganda machine to hold underneath wraps.

Before Putin knew what was occurring, information of the defeat was splashed throughout social media after which mentioned brazenly on state TV.

Russia’s long-suffering navy spokesman did try to play it off as a tactical repositioning of forces – however was rapidly shot down. 

The fallout was massively damaging, turning erstwhile Putin loyalists into fierce critics of the struggle effort virtually in a single day.

Head of Zelensky’s office Andriy Yermak this morning shared a photograph of smoke rising from the island following yet one more assault final night time 

While most stopped in need of going after the strongman chief himself, they have been unsparing in their assaults on Russia’s generals.

Perhaps studying from that mistake, Moscow has sought to stage-manage the retreat from Kherson rather more rigorously.

Surovikin was not allowed to admit defeat – at the least not in so many phrases – when he went on state TV to say his troops have been massacring the Ukrainians as a lot as seven-to-one however, never-the-less, couldn’t maintain their positions.

The security of civilians – Russian handy excuse – had to be the first concern, Surovikin mentioned. Withdrawing was the one wise possibility.

Shoigu agreed, marking the primary time in the struggle that the Russian public has been instructed their military is going backwards on the battlefield – although that is the one route it has been headed for a lot of months. 

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