Another British citizen is held captive by the authorities of the “DPR”. It is reported by the BBC. We are talking about John Harding, he is about 50 years old.
Employees of the Russian First Channel made a video in which the Briton says that he is facing the death penalty and asks British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for help. Harding was captured in May 2022 in Mariupol.
The "interview" with Harding was taken by the host of the state channel Marina Kim. Friends and relatives of Harding confirmed to the BBC that it was he who appears on the recording. The British Foreign Office said it was aware of the situation and concerned about the fate of Harding.
On July 15, it became known about the death of another Briton who was captured by the Russian military, Paul Ury. As stated by the “ombudsman” of the “DPR” Daria Morozova, the Briton was captured in April while trying to break through the checkpoint.
The DPR claims that Uri fought on the side of Ukraine, but Reuters writes that the Briton was a volunteer. The authorities of the "DPR" explained the death of a man "illness and stress."
According to her, during the first medical examination in the "DNR", Paul Ury was diagnosed with such chronic diseases as insulin-dependent diabetes, damage to the respiratory system, kidneys, and a number of diseases of the cardiovascular system.
“From our side, despite the severity of the alleged crime, Paul Uri was provided with appropriate medical assistance. Nevertheless, given the diagnoses and stress, he died on July 10, ”Morozova said.
At the end of April, the Russian military detained two Britons, 45-year-old Paul Ury and 22-year-old Dylan Healey, on the territory of the Zaporozhye region. They introduced themselves as volunteers of the non-governmental organization Presidium Network, which is engaged in the evacuation of people from conflict zones. Uri and Healy had to evacuate a woman with two children. They were heading towards Dniprorudny in the Zaporozhye region and were captured at a checkpoint.
“We know that my son was captured by the Russians when he was trying to help the citizens of Ukraine. He was there of his own free will,” Uri’s elderly mother told Sky News, asking for help in rescuing her son from captivity.
Paul Ury from the English city of Warrington is described as a "family man with children" who "did not complete his military service" and decided to go into humanitarian work. Previously, he had experience in Afghanistan. There he spent 8 years as a civil contractor.
On June 9, the “DPR” sentenced to death three foreign mercenaries who took part in the war with Russia on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the so-called DPR and LPR. Two British men, Aiden Eslin and Sean Pinner, and Moroccan Saadoun Brahim were sentenced to death by firing squad. In this regard, the UK sent a note of protest to Russia.