Ukraine will identify the killers of British volunteer Paul Urey, who was captured by Russian invaders in the country in April, and reported dead by the Russians in July, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on Sept. 7.
He also expressed his condolences to the volunteer’s family and friends.
“I express my deepest condolences to relatives and close ones of Paul (Urey)” Kuleba tweeted.
“He was a brave man who dedicated himself to saving people. Ukraine will never forget him and his deeds. We will identify perpetrators of this crime and hold them to account. They won’t escape justice.”
The Ukrainian foreign minister said that detaining and torturing civilians was barbarism and a heinous war crime.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine on Sept. 7 began investigating possible torture and murder of Urey, who was captured by invading Russian troops in Zaporizhzhya Oblast in April.
According to preliminary data, the foreign volunteer was evacuating civilians when he was captured and transported to Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast.
The Russians said in July that the volunteer had died “as a result of illness and stress” (however, terrorists of the sham “Donetsk People’s Republic” accused him of alleged “mercenary”).
Media reports in Ukraine said that Urey’s body showed signs of torture and that “parts of it were missing.”