Conflicts & War

British aid worker held captive by pro-Russian forces dies

Moscow, Jul 15 (EFE).- British aid worker Paul Urey has died in the custody of Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, where he was charged with being a mercenary, the ombudswoman in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said Friday.

Urey, 45, was captured by pro-Russian forces in the Zaporizhzhya region of southern Ukraine in April, according to the separatists.

Darya Morozova claimed that Urey died on Sunday after a “series of chronic illnesses” which included diabetes, cardiovascular problems and kidney issues.

She accused the United Kingdom of failing to negotiate his release in a potential prisoner swap and said the International Committee of the Red Cross did not facilitate the required medicine for the prisoner.

Morozova claimed Urey had been given medical care by the separatist forces in Donetsk, a region of eastern Ukraine that fell largely under the de facto control of pro-Russian militants in 2014.

Urey worked for the non-profit organization Presidium Network, which on April 29 said he had been taken captive with fellow Brit Dylan Healy at a checkpoint. EFE


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