Body of missing ex-British soldier Daniel Burke found in Ukraine

The body of an ex-British soldier missing in Ukraine has been found by authorities in the country, according to UK police.

Former paratrooper Daniel Burke, 36, from south Manchester, was reported missing by his family on 16 August.

The 36-year-old had fought with Kurdish anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria

He disappeared from his flat in Zaporizhzhia early in August, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Greater Manchester Police said it was working with Mr Burke’s family and Ukrainian authorities to support a formal identification and bring his body home.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes said: “This is an upsetting time for Daniel’s family, we have family liaison officers in contact with the family and offering support.

“My team and I are working with the Ukrainian authorities to make formal identification with a view to repatriating Daniel following that process.

“Daniel’s family have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”

After serving in Afghanistan, Mr Burke fought with Western-backed Kurdish anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria, before setting up his own volunteer unit in Ukraine, known as the Dark Angels.

He later moved to carry out frontline evacuation work.