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British aid worker captured in Ukraine by Putin's forces 'has died'

Russia state news agency TASS reported the death of the British aid worker. 

Paul Urey was captured in eastern Ukraine.

He was then charged with “mercenary activities” by separatists in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

Paul Urey died on Sunday “due to illness and stress”, the Ombudsman of the DPR Daria Morozova claimed on her Telegram social media channel.

She wrote: “Official representatives of the UK (including the Foreign Office, the embassy in the Russian Federation, and members of the British Parliament) were notified of the capture of Paul Urey.

“Also, at his request, the relevant information was transferred to foreign media. However, no reaction from the UK did not follow.”

Mr Urey was captured alongside fellow British national Dylan Healy, 22, on April 25. 

He is believed to be from Culcheth, Lancashire, in the north of England.

Mr Urey had appeared on Russian TV handcuffed and being interrogated in a video that has since raised suspicions about whether he was under duress.

He was questioned about his motives for appearing in Ukraine, to which he explained he previously travelled to Iraq, and Afghanistan between 2008 and 2010, as well as to Libya to “help the revolution.”

Mr Urey said he wanted to see if the refugee crisis was really as bad as the news in the UK portrays it, as he did not believe it was.

He then called the British Government “corrupt”.

But Mr Urey’s mother Linda cast doubt over the actions of her son in the video. 

After seeing the video, she said: “This is physically my son, but he is not acting in his natural way; his words are too matter of fact and his facial expressions make me not believe what he is saying.

“Normally he speaks fast and to the point.

“I know my son like every mother, and this is not him being natural.”



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