Distraught family of Brit aid worker Paul Urey ‘told to pay £10k to get body home’ after death in pro-Russian captivity | The Sun
17th August 2022

THEfamily of aid worker Paul Urey have been told they need to pay £10,000 to get his body home after he died in Russian captivity.

The 45-year-old died while being held by pro-Putin separatists after he was captured in eastern Ukraine with fellow Brit Dylan Healey on a mercy mission to rescue civilians.

He was reportedly charged with "mercenary activities" by officials in the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic's who insisted he was a "professional" soldier.

Paul’s heartbroken mum Linda accused the diabetic’s Russian captors of “letting him die” by failing to care for him and branded the Russians “ f***ing murderers”.

Now his daughters, Chelsea, 20, and 17-year-old Courtney Coman say they’ve been told by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office they need to find £10,000 to get his body home.

They understand his body is still being held by the Donetsk People's Republic in the Donbas region, which Russian seized from Ukraine.


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"The Russians have not agreed to release his body yet but if and when they do we have to raise the money to bring him home ourselves,"she told the Manchester Evening News.

"We were told by the FCDO that to bring his body back would cost between £8,000 to £10,000.

"I am only 20 and my sister is 17 and still at college. We have no source of income that could pay near enough that amount. I am raising a daughter as well so it’s a lot of money to come up with."

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Chelsea said she and her sister were not aware Paul had travelled to war-torn Ukraine and only learned about his captured from news reports. 

The family have contacted the Russia’s UK embassy in the hope they might broker a deal to get their dad's body released.

They have also launched a Gofundme page to help try and raise the funds needed to bring their father's body back to the UK.

"My only wish is to bring my father home and give him a burial and send off here in the UK with people who love him and celebrate his life," she said.

"Any donations no matter how small or large it may be will be much appreciated by me and my father’s family."

It comes as Dylan and two other Brits, John Harding and Andrew Hill, have been told they face the death penalty after the Donetsk People's Republic accused them of being mercenaries.

Putin stooge Daria Morozova claimed the Brit died "due to illness and stress".

She said Paul was suffering from “insulin dependent diabetes, damage to the respiratory system, kidneys and a number of diseases of the cardiovascular system” when he was captured.

But addressing his captors Linda said: “I'm truly angry – I told you he was a very sick man, I told you he was diabetic, I begged to give me my son back. Why did you let him die?

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“I want answers. Why didn't you release him? I hate you all I'm absolutely fuming, I really am, I'm angry – very, very, very, very angry.

"Murderers, that's what you are, f***ing murderers. I hate you."

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