On September 7, 2022, it became known, that the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has opened a criminal investigation into the possible torture and murder of British volunteer Paul Urey by the Russian military.
Source: Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin
“It has been preliminarily established that in April, during volunteer activities during the evacuation of the civilian population on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia region, the volunteer was illegally captured by servicemen of the Russian armed forces, deprived of his liberty and forcibly transported to the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region,” the Prosecutor General noted.
Russian occupying “authorities” announced the death of a volunteer allegedly due to illness and stress in July.
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine said that only after more than 1.5 months of negotiations, the Russian side returned the body of the murdered British volunteer to Ukraine.
“There are signs of physical injuries on the volunteer’s body that may indicate that he was ill-treated, which could have been the real cause of his death. The body was stored in improper conditions and is in a mutilated state, so the real causes of death and physical injuries will be established after conducting a forensic medical examination.”
The Prosecutor General also emphasized that he would personally monitor the course of the investigation.
He added that representatives of Great Britain, with whom Ukraine is in contact, are also taking part in the investigation.