An Irish volunteer soldier in his 40s has died on the frontline in Ukraine after travelling to help local troops fightback against Vladimir Putin.
aving previously helped Kurdish militia fight against ISIS in Syria, Finbar Cafferkey, from Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland, had previous experience in combat and was a military volunteer.
He had recently travelled to Ukraine to support the local soldiers fight back against Russia, but news of his death was shared by his father, Tom Cafferkey on Thursday.
Mr Cafferkey declined to provide any further details or comments regarding his son’s death, according to the Irish Mirror.
He said: “We are grieving…it’s a private matter. I don’t want to say anything further.”
It is believed the family will be releasing a statement later.
One local resident said: “We heard reports yesterday (Wednesday) that Finbar had been killed but we were hoping against hope that the information was untrue.
“Now that his death has been confirmed we are absolutely devastated.”
Other neighbours also highlighted Finbar’s dedication towards humanitarian and environmental issues.
He was previously employed on a construction project in Copenhagen in Denmark.
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Another resident said: “Finbar was a man of principle.
“I know that about eight years ago he worked on the border between Greece and Macedonia assisting coming off dinghies.
“It came as a bit of surprise when we learnt from newspaper reports that he had been fighting in Syria. Nobody around here, except perhaps his family, knew he was in Ukraine.
“I know that relatives have been concerned for his safety over the years. His family have been particularly worried.”
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