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British laborer Paul Urey’s body shows signs of ‘unspeakable torture’

The body of British humanitarian Paul Urey, who died while being held captive by Russian-backed separatists, shows signs of “possibly unspeakable torture”, according to a Ukrainian government official.

The breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic announced in July that Urey, described as a “mercenary”, died of “diseases and stress” more than three months after his capture in the city of Zaporizhia.

But Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted Wednesday that Urey’s body was returned “with signs of possible untold torture.”

“The detention and torture of civilians is barbarism and a heinous war crime,” he added.

Kuleba continued: “I offer my deepest condolences to the relatives and loved ones of Paul Urie (sic). He was a courageous man dedicated to saving people. Ukraine will never forget him and his deeds.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that Urey’s body showed signs of “possibly unspeakable torture.”
Kuleba vowed to hold accountable those allegedly responsible for Urey’s death.

The minister vowed to identify those allegedly responsible for Urey’s torture and death “and hold them accountable” as he warned that “they will not escape justice”.

Officials in Britain said they had been briefed on Urey’s torture in Russian captivity.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said the government was “concerned” after learning of Urey’s possible torture in custody.

Urey was arrested by Russian-backed forces at a checkpoint in Zaporizhia in April.
Urey was arrested by Russian-backed forces at a checkpoint in Zaporizhia in April.
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“It is important that we see the results of a full post-mortem as soon as possible,” the representative said, according to Sky News.

Urey, 45, was arrested along with another British volunteer, Dylan Healy, at a checkpoint near Zaporizhia in April.

The two men had worked independently to help evacuate civilians from the war zone.

Urey was accused of “mercenary activity” and later presented in handcuffs on Russian state television.

Daria Morozova, the Moscow-backed DPR human rights ombudsman, announced that Urey, who had type 1 diabetes and required insulin, died on July 10.

A representative of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic claimed that the British father of two died from it "diseases and stress." Urey was diabetic and needed insulin.
A representative of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic claimed the British father of two died of “illness and stress”. Urey was diabetic and needed insulin.
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Russian state news agency TASS quoted an official as saying Urey “died of acute coronary insufficiency, which was aggravated by pulmonary and cerebral edema”.

The British Foreign Office said at the time it had summoned the Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin “to express Britain’s deep concerns”.

Then-Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in July she was “shocked to hear reports of the death of British laborer Paul Urey while in the custody of a Russian deputy in Ukraine.”

Then-Secretary of State Liz Truss said at the time, Russia "must bear full responsibility" for Urey's death.
Then-Secretary of State Liz Truss said at the time that Russia must “take full responsibility” for Urey’s death.
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“Russia must bear full responsibility for this,” she said.

Urey’s mother, Linda Urey, called her son’s kidnappers “murderers” after his death and wanted to know, “Why did you let him die?”

The woman told Sky News she asked her son not to go to Ukraine, but said Urey told her he couldn’t live with himself knowing the people there needed help to look after themselves to bring to safety. He leaves behind his two daughters aged 20 and 17.

With postal wires

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