International Legion confirms death of British volunteer captured by Russia

15 July, 05:02 PM
Paul Urey was an employee of a humanitarian organization (Photo:Video screenshot Lyuba R/YouTube)

Paul Urey was an employee of a humanitarian organization (Photo:Video screenshot Lyuba R/YouTube)

The International Legion, which consists of foreigners who wished to join Ukraine's Defense Forces to fight against Russian invading forces, on July 15 confirmed the death of Paul Urey, a British citizen captured by the Russians, as reported by Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine.

At the same time, the International Legion denied the Kremlin propaganda statement that the man had allegedly been a "military mercenary" and took part in hostilities.

"We have been deeply saddened to learn about death of Mr. Urey," the press service of the International Legion told Interfax-Ukraine.

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"We would like to clarify that he was not a member of the International Legion. He did not fight for Ukraine. He was an employee of a non-profit Presidium Network."

The serviceman was captured at one of the checkpoints of the so-called "DPR" ("Donetsk People's Republic") in Zaporizhzhiya Oblast in April while helping evacuate a family of refugees.

According to Kremlin propaganda, Urey's death was allegedly caused by "disease and stress."

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