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British aid worker dies in rebel captivity in Ukraine

A British aid worker jailed by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine has died in captivity, according to the force holding him.

Paul Urey, who was detained at a checkpoint in April as he tried to help Ukrainian citizens flee the war-torn nation, died on Sunday, a spokesman for the self-declared People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR).

The rebel group insisted Urey, 45, was a ‘mercenary’ – blaming the diabetic’s ‘diagnoses and stress’ for his death.

The Presidium Network, a British charity which had been in contact with him
before his arrest, confirmed that Urey’s family had been informed of his death by British authorities.

The UK Foreign Office said it was “urgently seeking clarification from the Russian government”.

British aid worker Paul Urey died in Ukraine on Sunday, his Russian-backed captors said.
British aid worker Paul Urey died in Ukraine on Sunday, his Russian-backed captors said.

“This is clearly alarming information and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The DPR’s self-styled human rights ombudsman, Daria Morozova, claimed on social media that Urey succumbed not only to diabetes, but also to respiratory, kidney and cardiovascular problems.

“On our side, despite the seriousness of the alleged crime, Paul Urey received appropriate medical assistance,” she insisted.

DPR's Daria Morozova insisted that Urey "received appropriate medical assistance" even though his rebel group accused him of being a mercenary.
The DPR’s Daria Morozova insisted that Urey “had received proper medical assistance”, even though his rebel group accused him of being a mercenary.
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Presidium Network co-founder Dominik Byrne confirmed that Urey has diabetes and needs a steady supply of insulin.

“It’s obvious his well-being hasn’t been looked after,” Byrne said.

“Both the Russian authorities and the Donetsk People’s Republic knew he needed insulin, but all the while the Red Cross was denied access to social assistance and was never in able to verify his actual conditions of detention.”

British aide Paul Urey, 45, died in Russian captivity
“It is obvious that his well-being has not been taken care of,” charity co-founder Dominik Byrne said of Paul Urey, who was diabetic.
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The charity boss insisted there was ‘no way’ Urey had been near ‘mercenary activity’, which his captors claimed justified his detention.

“They are really using these staff as political pawns in this conflict – which is shameful,” Byrne said.

He also said “multiple agencies”, including the British government and the Red Cross, had tried unsuccessfully to secure Urey’s release.

British aide Paul Urey, 45, died in Russian captivity
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the reported death of the British aid worker “clearly alarming”.
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“We are officially calling on his captors to release his body and help us repatriate him to the UK for his family,” he said. “We really think it’s of ultimate importance and the least they can do at this stage.”

With post wires

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