British Paul Urey, captured in April by pro-Russian separatists in Donbas, died in custody, the BBC reported on Friday. The man was arrested in April along with another Briton – Dylan Healy. They both worked for the British charity Presidium Network.
According to the BBC, the family of 45-year-old Paul Urey was contacted by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was confirmed by the Presidium Network organization, which currently supports the man’s relatives. The organization said “his mother is distraught and still in shock.”
Detained in April, he was taken prisoner and died in custody
Paul Urey was arrested in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in April and charged with mercenary activities.
He was captured along with another British, Dylan Healy, most likely during an attempted humanitarian rescue operation in Russian-occupied territory near Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine.
Separatists in Donetsk reported that Urey had died in custody due to “disease and stress.”
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