Ukraine War: Body of Captured British Aid Worker Paul Urey Returns with Signs of Unspeakable Possible Torture, Kyiv Says | UK News
The body of a British aid worker who was captured by Russian-backed separatists has been returned with “unspeakable signs of possible torture”, Ukraine’s foreign minister has said.
Paul Urey died in July after being accused of carrying out “mercenary activities” in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.
The 45-year-old from Warrington, Cheshire, was seized at a checkpoint outside the town of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine in April, alongside another British volunteer, Dylan Healy.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said ‘the Russians have returned the body’ of Mr Urey after claiming he died of ‘illness’ and ‘stress’. “.
Mr Kuleba said the Briton’s body showed ‘signs of possibly unspeakable torture’.
“Detaining and torturing civilians is barbarism and a heinous war crime,” he said.
“I express my deepest condolences to the parents and loved ones of Paul Urie (sic).
“He was a brave man who dedicated himself to saving people. Ukraine will never forget him and his deeds.
“We will identify the perpetrators of this crime and hold them to account. They will not escape justice.”
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are troubled by reports that aid worker Paul Urey may have been tortured in custody. It is essential that we see the results of a full autopsy as soon as possible.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Paul Urey at this difficult time.”
While she was Foreign Secretary, new Prime Minister Liz Truss demanded that Moscow bear “full responsibility” for Mr Urey’s death.
His mother Linda Urey expressed anger over his death, calling the separatists “murderers” and asking, “Why did you let him die?”
Speaking at the moment of his capture, Ms Urey told Sky News she had begged her son not to go to Ukraine.
She added: “He said, ‘Muma, I can’t live with myself knowing people…I need help getting to a safe place, I have to go. I would feel bad “.”
In May Mr Urey’s daughters Courtney, 17, and Chelsea, 20, told Sky News they were “prepare for the worst”.
After Mr Urey was captured, a video of him in handcuffs was shown on Russian TV, in which he said he had traveled to Ukraine because he did not believe the media portrayal of the Russian invasion British.
But his daughters told Sky News they believe their father was coerced into making the statements.
“He would never say anything against his own country, ever,” Chelsea said.