British aid workers reportedly captured in Ukraine by Russian forces named

Image: Presidium Network
Image: Presidium Network

British-based organisation Presidium Network said Paul Urey and Dylan Healy were captured on Monday

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Two British aid workers who were reportedly captured by Russian forces in Ukraine have been named.

British-based organisation Presidium Network said Paul Urey and Dylan Healy were captured on Monday.

The pair were captured at a checkpoint south of the city of Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine, according to Presidium Network.

Dominik Byrne, the organisation's co-founder, said the men had gone missing after going into Russian-held territory where they were planning to help evacuate a woman.

Three hours after they were supposed to arrive at her home, the woman said she had been questioned by Russian soldiers about two men they had picked up, Byrne said.

"On Wednesday evening, I got a call and messages from contacts of theirs back in England saying that they are missing and we believe we know where they are, and that they've been taken by Russians," Byrne told Reuters.

Mr Urey's family said in a statement: "My family and I are extremely worried. We know Paul and his friend who are humanitarian aid volunteers in Ukraine have been captured by the Russians.

"He was out there on his own accord. We want everyone's support to bring him home and pray he is safe."

A statement from Mr Urey’s mother, Linda, released by the organisation, said: “My family and I are extremely worried.

“We know my son Paul and his friend who was a humanitarian aid volunteer in Ukraine has been captured by the Russians.

“He was out there on his own accord. We want everyone’s support to bring my son home and pray he is safe.

“My son Paul is also Type 1 Diabetic and needs his insulin

“We have asked the Presidium Network to help us and also the FCDO to help as well. We pray for him and hope he is safe.”

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