Sam Newey Wiki – Sam Newey Biography
Sam Newey, a British volunteer has been killed in action while fighting in Ukraine, his brother has announced. Sam left for Ukraine at the beginning of the Russian invasion and had fought on several fronts during his service in the war-torn country. The 22-year-old, from Solihull in the West Midlands, was killed in combat in eastern Ukraine yesterday, his brother Dan Newey said as she paid tribute to him, calling him “an exceptional man and a good soldier”. “I can’t put into words how devastated I feel,” Dan wrote. “I also can’t emphasize how proud I am of my little brother.” Sam, who had no prior military experience, had been a member of an international volunteer group known as the Dark Angels. After studying psychology at the University of Birmingham, Sam made the decision to go fight in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s men marched into the country in February 2022.
Paying tribute to his brother, Dan wrote: “She had just turned 21 when he decided to answer the call and travel to Ukraine to fight Russian imperialism. ‘Sam, you gave your life for people you never met and acted with bravery, morality and honor. ‘Not only are you my little brother, but you are an exceptional man, a good soldier and one of the bravest people I have had the privilege of knowing. Thank you very much for being part of my life during these 22 years. I love you always brother.’ When news of his death was announced, tributes poured in for Sam on social media, hailing him as a “hero”. Family friend Daniel Burke had previously advised Sam to train as a medic before signing up to fight in Ukraine. He joined Burke and his group of foreign volunteers, the Dark Angels. The group subsequently disbanded and Sam headed east to work with Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence.
Sam Newey was 22 years old.
Fears are also growing for Burke, who went missing in action while in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, near the front lines of the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive. Burke’s family fears the former paratrooper may also have been murdered after not being seen at his apartment since early August. In 2020, Sam and his father Paul were charged with terrorism offenses after they were accused of supporting Kurdish fighters in Syria when they sent money to Dan while he was fighting Isis in Syria. Dan, a former paratrooper who previously toured with Burke, had been fighting with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – a Syrian Kurdish group – between late 2017 and June 2018 and his family sent him money to “help him”. The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Western ally against ISIS. The Kurdish-led military unit was also backed by Britain and trained by the SAS. However, states such as Turkey consider the group to be a terrorist organization.
The Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against Sam and his father Paul in July 2020 and no further action was taken at that time. Sam is the last Briton killed fighting for Ukraine. Many of those killed in the country fought to join some of the country’s fiercest battles against Russia. Among the previous deaths was Jay Morais, a 52-year-old man from Bristol who took part in street battles in Severodonetsk last summer before joining the battle in Bakhmut. Simon Lingard, 38, who had served in the UK Special Forces, was killed in Ukraine in November last year. The father-of-two, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan with the British Army, died “fighting for what he believed in,” his family said at the time. Jordan Gatley, 24, was shot in the head on June 10 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk after handing over his report to the British military. A week before his death, Gatley had taught the volunteers he had been fighting with how to use an anti-tank weapon. He was walking down the stairs of a building when a Russian sniper shot him dead.