19 Jan 2024

British aid worker killed unlawfully in Ukraine, coroner finds

From Morning Report, 8:26 am on 19 January 2024

A British humanitarian worker who evacuated civilians from the Ukraine conflict was unlawfully killed while carrying out aid work, a coroner has found.

28-year-old Christopher Parry was with New Zealand aid worker Andrew Bagshaw when he was killed in the Soledar region of Ukraine a year ago.

Post mortem reports conclude Mr Parry and Mr Bagshaw were both killed by gunshot wounds to the head and other parts of the body - rather than the initial official explanation of their death, which was that their vehicle was hit by artillery fire.

Coroner Darren Salter, at the Oxfordshire's Coroners Court this week, cited some evidence that the Wagner group - a Russian-state funded private military company - was involved in the killing.

Andrew Bagshaw's parents - Dame Sue and Professor Phil Bagshaw - have always maintained their son was the victim of a war crime and they want it to be investigated by the International Criminal Court at the Hague. They spoke to Charlotte Cook.