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British aid workers die in captivity in separatist eastern Ukraine – official

Paul Urey, a British aid worker captured in Ukraine by pro-Russian troops, died in captivity, a self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) official. Said Friday.

Urey, 45, was captured in April near the occupied southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia. He and his fellow British aid volunteer, Dylan Healy, have been charged with “mercenary” activities, a crime punished for death at DNR.

He died on Sunday, DNR’s human rights ombudsperson Daria Morozova said in a Telegram messaging app post, citing chronic illness and stress as the factors behind his death.

“During his first visit, Paul Urey was diagnosed with many chronic illnesses, including insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, respiratory disorders, renal failure, and some cardiovascular disorders. He died on July 10th, given the stress. “

“From our side, he was given the medical assistance he needed, despite the serious crime he committed,” she said.

Britain warned against the announcement.

A spokesman for Downing Street said, “They are clearly alarming reports and our thoughts are on his family and friends.”

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said Moscow would be “fully responsible” for Urey’s reported death.

“I was shocked to hear reports of the death of British aid worker Paul Urey during the detention of a Russian agent in Ukraine,” she said. “Russia must take full responsibility for this.”

The International Army supporting Kieu told Interfax-Ukraine News Agency that Urey is not a professional soldier, but an aid worker, as the Ukrainian territorial defense forces claim.

“We are saddened by the news of Mr. Urey’s death … he was not fighting in Ukraine. He was an employee of a humanitarian organization,” said a Ukrainian territorial defense force press. I did.

Urey’s mother Linda also claimed that her son went to Ukraine to support the humanitarian crisis caused by Moskva’s invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Linda Urey had previously expressed concern about her son’s medical condition. Was called The Foreign, Commonwealth Office and the Precidium Network Crisis Group helped secure his release.

He said, “I have type 1 diabetes and need insulin. We asked the executive network to help us. We also got help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We asked him. I pray for him and hope he is safe, “she said in a statement in April.

Urey was handcuffed on Russian television in May and told interviewers that he went to Ukraine because he did not believe in the description of the Russian invasion by the British media.

His mother later Said The confession was compelled.

“I know my son like every mother, and this does not mean he is natural.”

AFP contributed to the report.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/15/british-aid-worker-dies-in-captivity-in-separatist-east-ukraine-official-a78307 British aid workers die in captivity in separatist eastern Ukraine – official

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