Captured Brit aid worker Paul Urey dies after being taken hostage, claim pro-Putin separatists who blame 'stress' | The Sun

A CAPTURED British aid worker has reportedly died after being held hostage in Ukraine as pro-Putin separatists blame his death on "stress".

Paul Urey, 45, from Manchester, was accused of being a spy after he was held with fellow Brit Dylan Healey on a mercy mission to rescue civilians.

He was reportedly charged with "mercenary activities" by officials in the Donetsk People's Republic's in eastern Ukraine before his death.

Putin stooge Daria Morozova claimed the Brit died "due to illness and stress".

She said Paul was suffering from “insulin dependent diabetes, damage to the respiratory system, kidneys and a number of diseases of the cardiovascular system” when he was captured.

"He was taken prisoner in April of this year while trying to break through a checkpoint controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic servicemen," she added.

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"In addition, he was in a depressed psychological state. Despite the severity of the alleged crime, Paul Urey was provided with appropriate medical assistance.

"However, given the diagnoses and stress, he passed away on July 10."

Dominik Byrne, the co-founder of the Presidium Network, told The Sun Online that "investigations are ongoing to determine the truth" surrounding his death.

A family member confirmed his death to Sky News.

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He is the first British national known to have died in Russian captivity.

According to the NGO, Paul was captured alongside British aid worker Dylan, from Cambridgeshire.

Dylan, 22, has been accused of being a terrorist and a mercenary.

The two brave men were on a rescue mission to save a woman and two children in Dniprorudne when they were captured.

Mr Byrne said the men were working independently as humanitarian aid volunteers.

But Moscow-backed separatists insisted Paul was a "professional" soldier.

The Brit was described as a "family man with children" who decided to work in the humanitarian sector and travelled a lot.

The aid worker also spent eight years in Afghanistan as a "civilian contractor working on back-office support".

Paul's mum Linda Urey previously said in a statement: "My family and I are extremely worried.

"We know my son Paul and his friend who was humanitarian aid volunteer in Ukraine has been captured by the Russians.

"He was out there on his own accord. We want everyone’s support to bring son home and pray he is safe.

"My son Paul Urey is also Type 1 Diabetic and needs his Insulin.

"We have asked the Presidium Network to help us and also the FCDO to help as well.  We pray for him and hope he is safe."

Sophie Goldring, who went to college with Dylan, said she was in contact with him on Snapchat.

She said: "He wanted to go to Ukraine to help."

Another friend, Allan Moore, 29, said Dylan was "just a kid from a council estate who went out there to help".

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Dylan is believed to have been in Ukraine for at least six weeks.

The Foreign Office said earlier it is urgently seeking more information following the reports of British nationals being detained in Ukraine.

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