Russia returns body of UK citizen Paul Urey: it’s mutilated, showing traces of torture

Russia has returned the body of Paul Urey, a British aid worker, after over a month and a half of negotiations. [Urey was detained on 29 April and held hostage by pro-Russian forces in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). He died on 10 July while in custody – ed.] Russia’s claim that Urey died from “illness and stress” turned out to be false. Urey was tortured to death.

Source: Dmytro Lubinets, the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] Commissioner for Human Rights, on Telegram

Quote from Lubinets: “In July, Russian propagandists claimed that Paul Urey died from ‘illness and stress’. Today, on 7 September, we obtained his mutilated body.

Forensic medical experts will confirm the cause of Paul Urey’s death. The UK Embassy in Ukraine has been duly informed.

As a [Human Rights] Commissioner, I can state, with full responsibility for my words, that [Urey’s] was a violent death. A human cannot survive torture like that. I saw photographs of [Urey’s] body; they leave no doubt [as to the fact that he had been tortured].”

Details: Lubinets said that Urey’s torture and subsequent murder is a war crime which will constitute another piece of evidence during the tribunal against the Russian political and military leadership, “evidence in the tribunal over Putin”, he stressed. 

Source: Ukrainian pravda


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