Briton Paul Urey, who was captured by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in April, died in captivity on July 10. This was stated by the separatist authorities on Friday. According to his family, Uri went to Ukraine as a humanitarian volunteer, and the separatists accused him of being a mercenary. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants “Russia to take full responsibility” for the man’s death.
According to Daria Morozova, President of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, during his first medical examination he was diagnosed with many diseases, but he received “sufficient medical care, despite the seriousness of the actions he committed.” “He died of a previously diagnosed illness and stress on July 10,” Morozova said, according to the Russian Tass news agency, which is subject to Russian censorship rules.
Paul Yuri’s mother previously told Euronews that her son had type 1 diabetes and needed insulin and had gone to Ukraine as a humanitarian volunteer. The NGO Presidency Network also told Euronews that he and a friend went to Ukraine alone as a humanitarian volunteer. According to the Presidency, the two were arrested when they tried to evacuate a woman and two children.
On the other hand, the separatist authorities in Donetsk spoke to TASS about a “mercenary”. Euronews reports that Ori is described as a family man who did not serve in the military, but spent eight years in Afghanistan as a contractor.
The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.
United Kingdom’s response
Downing Street described the report by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine on the death of imprisoned Briton Paul Urey as “alarming”. Uri was captured by Russian or pro-Russian forces during what his family believed was a humanitarian mission.
The British government summons the Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin. “I am shocked by the death of humanitarian worker Paul Urey, who was imprisoned in Ukraine on behalf of Russia,” said Secretary of State Liz Truss. Truss says Russia must “take full responsibility” for Uri’s death.
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