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Ukrainian troops pay last respects to Briton killed in clash with Russian forces

Combat medic Peter Fouche, 49, died ‘in the battlefield’ on June 27.

A Ukrainian serviceman carries a portrait of British combat medic, volunteer, Peter Fouche (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)
A Ukrainian serviceman carries a portrait of British combat medic, volunteer, Peter Fouche (AP Photo/Alex Babenko) (Alex Babenko/AP)

Ukrainian service members have gathered in Kyiv to pay last respects to a British combat medic who set up a charity delivering essential supplies to frontline fighters.

Peter Fouche, 49, died “in the battlefield” on June 27 as his unit clashed with Russian troops, according to his colleague at Project Konstantin, the volunteer group that since 2022 has ferried drones, vehicles, uniforms and food to Ukrainian soldiers in the east.

Comrades of Peter Fouche at the funeral in Kyiv (Alex Babenko/AP)
Comrades of Peter Fouche at the funeral in Kyiv (Alex Babenko/AP) (Alex Babenko/AP)

According to its website, it has also helped evacuate 219 Ukrainian soldiers from combat zones.

At the funeral ceremony, Ukrainian soldiers carried Mr Fouche’s coffin through Kyiv’s landmark Independence Square, the site of mass protests in 2014 that forced out a pro-Russian president.

Mr Fouche’s comrades held back tears as they lined up to say goodbye. Others read prayers as they held up Ukrainian flags and military insignia.

His partner, wearing a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt, knelt down to embrace the coffin.

Peter Fouche’s partner during the ceremony (Alex Babenko/AP)
Peter Fouche’s partner during the ceremony (Alex Babenko/AP) (Alex Babenko/AP)

A statement released on Monday by Halyna Zhuk, Project Konstantin’s Ukrainian co-founder, called Mr Fouche “a hero” and praised his “relentless commitment to Ukraine and her people”.

Mr Fouche, from west London, helped build a field hospital in Kyiv before he started Project Konstantin, according to the group’s website, and later enlisted in the Ukrainian army.

At least five other Britons have been killed while volunteering in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.