British man reportedly killed fighting in Ukraine 'showed commando spirit until the end'

A British military veteran who was reportedly killed in Ukraine fighting Russian forces is said to be “the bravest person” and someone who “showed command spirit to the end”. Tributes were paid to Scott Sibley after the Foreign Office confirmed a British national had died in Ukraine.

Craig and Sabrina Gant have organized a fundraiser for Mr Sibley’s widow, Victoria Sibley, aiming to almost double £5,000 in one day to more than £9,500. Mr Gant wrote on the Gofundme page entitled Covering a fallen hero’s funeral expenses: “Hi, my name is Craig but many of you may know me as Ganty.

“Unfortunately, on April 23, 2022, Scott Sibley ‘Sibs’ was taken away from us all. On behalf of Sibs and his family, I am setting up this Gofundme page to try and raise funds to cover the funeral/additional expenses of our fallen hero and dear friend.

“Scott was a son, father, brother and uncle. To me he was a friend like no other and the bravest person I had ever known, he was as good a brother to me. His life may have been cut short, but he lived to the fullest and did things the Sibs way, to the end.”

A separate fundraising page entitled In Loving Memory of Scott Sibley (SIBS) had almost reached the £1,000 goal in one day. Organizer Kate Barker, who channeled the funds to Ms Sibley, wrote: “Rest in peace Sibs we will never forget you.”

Tributes were also left on the Logistic Support Squadron’s Facebook page, where a picture was posted alongside the comment: “This week the Sqn lost a former soldier. A man who showed commando spirit to the end. REST IN PEACE. Scott Sibley.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has confirmed that another British citizen is missing in Ukraine. The families of both are supported, said a spokesman, who declined to give names or other details.

A small number of British personnel on duty are believed to have been absent without permission to join the resistance against the Russian invasion, while veterans and Britons with no combat experience are also believed to have traveled to Ukraine. There was initial confusion over the government’s position after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in a comment during an interview with the BBC on February 26, said she would “absolutely” support British nationals who have decided to fight for Ukraine.

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