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  • Katherine Mielniczuk was found dead in her bed on Christmas Eve
  • She had been volunteering in Ukraine for the last 18 months
  • The cause of her death is not currently known, and an investigation is underway 

A British female volunteer in Ukraine has reportedly been found dead in her bed in the country’s capital Kyiv.

The body of former chemistry student Katherine Mielniczuk was found in the early hours of Sunday morning by members of her unit, the 151st unit of the Special Operations Forces. 

Posting on social media, the Ukrainian volunteer organisation Project Konstantin said: ‘It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Katherine Mielniczuk.

‘We learned of this dreadful news a couple of hours ago and after talks with her family, we have offered to help.

‘All we know is that she was discovered in her bed this morning (24 December 2023), the cause of her death at this stage is not being treated as suspicious. Further information will be released later by the authorities.

Female British combat medic, 25, volunteering in Ukraine is found dead ‘in her bed’ after serving in the warzone for 18 months

The body of former chemistry student Katherine Mielniczuk (pictured) was found in the early hours of Sunday morning by members of her unit

‘All we know is that she was discovered in her bed this morning (24 December 2023), the cause of her death at this stage is not being treated as suspicious,' the Ukrainian volunteer organisation Project Konstantin said

‘All we know is that she was discovered in her bed this morning (24 December 2023), the cause of her death at this stage is not being treated as suspicious,’ the Ukrainian volunteer organisation Project Konstantin said

According to a post on her blog, she had spent the last 18 months volunteering in Ukraine in a 'medical and operational capacity, primarily with StaySafeUA

According to a post on her blog, she had spent the last 18 months volunteering in Ukraine in a ‘medical and operational capacity, primarily with StaySafeUA

‘Kat’, as she was affectionally known, served as an instructor and combat medic with a group calling itself Menace Medics.

‘Kat’, as she was affectionally known, served as an instructor and combat medic with a group calling itself Menace Medics.

‘Kat’ gave an interview to a local reporter in which she said she had been working in Bristol when she decided to sign up for Ukraine saying she felt it was her ‘duty to help'

‘Kat’ gave an interview to a local reporter in which she said she had been working in Bristol when she decided to sign up for Ukraine saying she felt it was her ‘duty to help’

‘For now, we’re focusing on the pain that her family is enduring and we’re trying to appease their suffering by affording them the chance to fly out to Ukraine and we want to assist with repatriation costs.’

The post finished: ‘Rest in peace, Apache,’ referring to her call sign.

‘Kat’, as she was affectionally known, served as an instructor and combat medic with a group calling itself Menace Medics.

Writing on her blog, the chemistry graduate said: ‘At Menace Medics, our goal is to assist the medics on the ground with critical medical equipment and vehicle repairs/fuel, which will transcend our ability to operate, thus saving the lives of courageous foreign combatants and relentless Ukrainian soldiers.’

According to a post on her blog, she had spent the last 18 months volunteering in Ukraine in a ‘medical and operational capacity, primarily with StaySafeUA, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting those ‘living on the frontlines of Russia’s invasion.’

In a post on November 28, she said she had spent her ‘first days [in an] ambulance donated for me’, sharing a photo of a puppy that appeared to be inside the vehicle with her.

In a video posted in July, ‘Kat’ gave an interview to a local reporter in which she said she had been working in Bristol when she decided to sign up for Ukraine saying she felt it was her ‘duty to help.’

She added: ‘I will stay as long as until it’s perhaps not safe to be here or until I need to go back to my brother or my mother.’

Authorities are now trying to establish cause of death.



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