UK summons Russian envoy over Briton’s death in breakaway region of eastern Ukraine

LONDON: Britain’s Foreign Office summoned Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin on Friday (July 15) to express “deep concern” over reports of the death of a British aid worker.

“I am shocked to hear reports of the death of British aid worker Paul Urey while in the custody of a Russian representative in Ukraine. Russia must take full responsibility for this,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.

“Those responsible will be held accountable.”

An official from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) announced the death of Paul Urey on the same day.

His death was also confirmed by the British charity Presidium Network, which described him as a humanitarian worker and denied he had a military background.

Urey, 45, was arrested and charged with “mercenary activities” by separatists in the DPR, a breakaway entity only recognized by Russia, Syria and North Korea.

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