British medic who saved 200 soldiers in Ukraine killed on the front line

British combat medic Peter Fouche who was killed on the front line in Ukraine war.
Peter Fouché was well-known in Ukraine for saving hundreds of lives of soldiers wounded on the front

A British combat medic and volunteer who has saved more than 200 soldiers in Ukraine has been killed on the frontline.

The death of Peter Fouché, who had been helping the Ukrainian Army in Donbas since the spring of 2022, was confirmed earlier today.

The former carpenter and cabbie, from Fulham, in west London, leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter Nicole.

Tributes have been pouring for Peter – who took an oath and officially joined the Ukrainian forces as a medic in January 2024 – describing him as a ‘hero’ whose ‘legacy of courage and compassion’ will never be forgotten.

Peter Fouche in Ukraine
Peter’s death was announced by the charity he co-founded, Project Konstantin (Picture: Project Konstantin)

The charitable foundation Project Konstantin, which evacuates wounded soldiers, and was con-founded by him, posted a tribute on social media.

It said: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Pete, our beloved director and founder.

‘There are no words that can do Pete’s life justice. No words or phrases that could ever encapsulate how much he meant to all of us.

‘Pete’s unwavering dedication, endless compassion, and relentless commitment to Ukraine and the people have left an everlasting impact on the countless lives he touched. His heroism knew no bounds.

Peter Fouche with a cat in his combat gear in Ukraine
In January 2024, he officially joined the Ukrainian army as a combat medic (Picture: Project Konstantin)
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‘He was actively involved in saving more than 200 wounded Ukrainian soldiers, evacuating civilians from the most dangerous frontline cities, as well as bringing humanitarian aid to people in those towns and cities.’

The charity vowed to continue working in the trenches to keep Peter’s spirit alive.

It is understood that he was killed near Chasiv Yar, a city near Bakhmut, where he had been deployed since 2023.

Peter was a sniper and a response officer with the South African police’s Flying Squad, similar to US Swat teams, after growing up and leaving high school in the country.

He then moved to the UK and naturalised as a British citizen in 2006, working as a cab driver and then a carpenter.  

Soon after Russia’s full-scale war began in February 2022, he drove an ambulance to Ukraine with friends and helped set up a field hospital.

In January 2024, Peter officially joined the Ukrainian army as a combat medic, and in February he made an impassioned plea to Western governments to urgently send promised military aid.

In videos shared online, he described the dire conditions that troops have to fight in due to the lack of ammunition andbasic equipment like trucks for transport.

Tributes to Peter have been circulating on social media since his death, which was first announced on Sunday evening.

Shaun Pinner, former British soldier and Ukrainian marine, who spent months in Russian captivity as a prisoner of war, said about Peter: ‘So sorry to hear the dreadful news.

I did not know him personally but I did watch his recordings and rants that captured my attention.

‘It never gets any easier no matter how many times this happens and I hear of more deaths, nor should it. Russia will pay, my condolences to you all and to his family.’



Peter's interview with Metro.co.uk while in Ukraine

Peter spoke to Metro.co.uk in October 2023, just a few hundred meters from the front line near the shattered eastern city of Bakhmut. 

He shared a video, showing his team evacuating an wounded soldier under Russian fire.

‘They say once a cop always a cop,’ the medic told our reporter Josh Layton, half a year before his death.

‘When I saw the images of innocent Ukrainians being mown down as the full-scale invasion began it pushed my police trigger button.  

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‘I have been in humanitarian, combat and training roles and now I am in Bakhmut after hearing how they desperately needed medics.

‘To be inserted with a Ukrainian brigade has taken a lot of work earning their trust to work in a very dangerous area and it’s a wonderful relationship.

‘We also trust them to feed us survival information about aviation attacks and we have the radios, rifles and maps, just like they do.

‘We are here so the boys on the front know there is a capable medical team just a few hundred metres away that has embedded with them and will stay put, through the bad times and the good.’  

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