The so-called “Ombudsman of the DPR” Daria Morozova announced the death of a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Paul Johnson, Anthony Dominic Ury, who allegedly fought for Ukraine and was taken prisoner by Russian gangs in April this year.
A spokeswoman for the terrorist organization claims that the Briton died on July 10 from “chronic diseases and stress.”
According to the Odessa People’s Deputy Alexei Goncharenko, Paul Ury was not a soldier.
“He worked for one of the public organizations that help victims of the war,” said the Ukrainian politician.
UPDATED AT 15:10. The International Defense Legion of Ukraine confirmed the death of an employee of the humanitarian organization Presidium Network, a British citizen Paul Ury.
“We are saddened by the news of Mr. Urey’s death. We want to clarify that he was not in the International Legion. He did not fight in Ukraine. He was an employee of a humanitarian organization, as confirmed by the Presidium Network, the non-profit organization in which Mr. Uri worked, ” Interfax-Ukraine quotes a statement to the press service of the International Legion.
The International Legion indicated that since Uri was not a legionnaire, they could not provide additional information.
In April, Presidium Network co-founder and COO Dominic Byrne reported that two British citizens, Paul Ury and Dylan Healy, had been kidnapped in the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporozhye region.
The Air Force clarifies that Paul Ury was detained at one of the Russian checkpoints in southern Ukraine on April 25. He tried to enter Russian-controlled territory.
It was reported that he helped evacuate a family from a village south of Zaporozhye. The Russians accused the British of espionage.
The mother of the kidnapped Linda Ury said that her son wanted to volunteer. Before going to Ukraine, he said that he couldn’t just sit and watch people die.
Paul Ury has children.