Two British aid workers reportedly captured by Russian forces in Ukraine named

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

UK non-profit organisation Presidium Network said Paul Urey and Dylan Healy were captured on Monday.

They are understood to have been captured at a checkpoint south of the city of Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine.

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Mr Urey has been described as a “family man with children” who “didn’t make the army” so decided to work in the humanitarian sector and travels lots.

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.”

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They said Mr Urey was Type 1 diabetic and needs insulin.

Meanwhile, Mr Healey was previously a kitchen manager at a hotel chain in the UK.

Presidium Network said the pair were working as volunteers and were known by the organisation but not linked to them.

Dominik Byrne, one of the founders of the Presidium Network, said: “Our concern for these individuals is that the Russians will paint them as British spies which is untrue. They are civilian volunteers.”

Earlier International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News the Foreign Office was “doing all it can to support” them.

It comes after a British army veteran was killed and another British man went missing after they were believed to have travelled to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces.

Scott Sibley, 36, was confirmed as the first British national to have died in the war.

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