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'Not acting himself': Mother of British aid worker captured by Russian forces denounces state TV interview

A mother of a British humanitarian worker was handcuffed and placed in shackles on Russian television. She claimed that he “wasn’t acting in his natural manner” during the interview.

Paul Urey (45) was one of two aid workers seized at a checkpoint last Monday, 25/04.

He was captured with his 22-year old colleague Dylan Healy.

The interview was interrupted by Mr Urey claiming that he wanted to visit Ukraine, “to see whether it was as bad” as the news reported. However, it is unknown if he was under duress.


Linda, his mother, stated that she had seen the interview of her son Paul Urey on Russian TV.

“This is my physical son. But he’s not acting in his natural manner; his words seem too factual and his facial expressions make it difficult to believe what he’s saying. He speaks normally fast and straight to the point.

“I know my son as a mother and this is not his natural state.”

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Image: Dylan Healy, Mr Urey worked in the humanitarian sector. Pic: Allan Moore

“I told him not go”

Presidium Network, a UK non-profit organization, said that Mr Urey was a “family man” with children. He didn’t qualify to join the army and instead chose to work in the humanitarian sector.

At 4 AM, Mr Urey called the Presidium Network. They have received messages from someone purporting to be the volunteer but were unable to confirm their identity.

Sky News previously reported that Ms Urey felt “like I want death” after his capture.

She stated, “I don’t know what I should do anymore.” It’s horrible.”

Ms Urey said that he should not go. He said, “Mum, I cannot live with myself knowing that others need my help to get safely to safety.” “I must go.”

This comes just a few days after a British soldier was killed, and another British man has gone missing. They were believed to have traveled to Ukraine to fight Russian forces.

Scott Sibley (36), was confirmed to be the first British citizen to die in the war.

Image Scott Sibley, the first Briton to be killed in Ukraine

Injured Briton displayed on state TV

Andrew Hill was also paraded on Russian state TV after he was captured by Russian forces. He appeared with a bandaged left hand and another bandage around the top.

Reuters reported that he was filmed as he answered questions, stating that he had traveled to Ukraine on his own to assist the country.

Hill indicated a connection to the International Legion, an organization set up by Ukraine’s government for foreigners wanting to support the war effort.

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Two British fighters, Shaun Pinner (right) and Aiden Aslin (left), were captured earlier this month by Moscow’s forces.

They were held in Ukraine, and was broadcast on Russian state TV. They requested to be exchanged for a Ukrainian politician close to the Russian President.


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