WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – July 19, 2022) US State Department spokesman Ned Price has expressed concern over the death of a British mercenary in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
“We are saddened and deeply disturbed by the death of Paul Urey, a British aid worker who was captured by Russia while carrying out humanitarian aid work in Ukraine,” Price said on social media on Monday.
Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the UK is politicizing and escalating the situation around the death of Paul Urey.
According to DPR ombudsman Daria Morozova, British mercenary Paul Johnson Anthony Dominic Urey, who had been held captive in the DPR, died on July 10 from illness and depression resulting from “indifference to his fate in his homeland”.
“Urey was captured in April 2022 during an attempt to breach a DPR-controlled checkpoint.
According to Zakharova, DPR data indicates that Urey was a professional soldier who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, after which he led military operations and trained military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Zakharova said London ignored the possibility of negotiating her compatriot’s return as part of the prisoner exchange procedures.