The wife of a Navy veteran turned medical volunteer who died in Ukraine paid tribute to her «selfless» husband on Saturday.

“I can’t imagine our lives without him. He loved him so much and he loved me so much,” Alex Potter said of her husband, Pete Reed, in a statement.

“Everything he did was always for the benefit of others,” she said, adding that his “great personality was layered on top of the fact that he was also incredibly sensitive, caring and brave in every aspect of the word, someone who led me to myself and others through incredibly difficult times, putting the needs of others before their own.”

Reed, 33, was killed Thursday «while providing aid» in the town of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, Global Response Medicine, the group he founded to help provide emergency medical care, said in a statement. people displaced by war or disaster. Friday.

The city and its surroundings have become a focal point of the war and both Ukraine and Russia have suffered heavy losses in their attempts to secure it.

Control of Bakhmut would likely be seen as a significant, if costly, victory for the Kremlin, which has suffered repeated setbacks on the battlefield and rare signs of unrest at home as the war nears the one-year mark.