Missing British ex-paratrooper found in Ukrainian drain was ‘accidentally shot’
The identity of deceased former UK soldier Daniel Burke was confirmed by DNA testing.
Authorities have identified human remains found in a drain in Ukraine as belonging to a missing British former soldier.
In September, Ukrainian investigators discovered a body in a drain on a firing range in Zaporizhzhia, some 15 miles from the frontline.
DNA tests have since confirmed the body was that of Mr Burke.
Australian-Algerian trooper Abdelfetah Nourine, a fellow volunteer, is reported to have told Ukrainian police he shot Mr Burke accidentally.
Officials have not confirmed whether Mr Nourine has since left the country.
Reports at the time of Mr Burke’s disappearance suggested that the British former paratrooper might not have been killed by Russian soldiers, but rather by his comrades-in-arms.
Mr Burke was thought to have been at the centre of disputes and a target of jealousy due to the amount of money he received in donations as a volunteer fighter.
Having served in Afghanistan with the British army, Mr Burke also fought against ISIS in Syria as a volunteer member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units.
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He is reported to have told fellow fighters in Ukraine he was receiving as much as £8,000 every month thanks to his online following and the support from a number of wealthy American patrons.
Greater Manchester Police have been working with Mr Burke’s family and representatives of the Ukrainian authorities throughout identification efforts.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, Lead for Disaster Victim Identification, said at the time the body was found: ‘This is an upsetting time for Daniel’s family, we have Family Liaison Officers in contact with the family and offering support.’
The force is now understood to be helping facilitate the return of Mr Burke’s body to the UK.
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