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Daughter of help employee killed in Ukraine reveals heartache after POWs freed



The daughter of a British help employee who died after being captured by Russian-backed forces shared the household’s heartache after five prisoners of war returned to the UK this week.

Paul Urey, 45, from Culcheth close to Warrington, is believed to have died in July whereas imprisoned within the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic. Fellow British humanitarian employee Dylan Healy, 22, detained alongside him, was among the many 5 prisoners flown residence this week.

The human rights ombudsperson for the Moscow-supported management in Donetsk has beforehand stated that Mr Urey, who suffered from sort 1 diabetes and was reliant on insulin, died of power diseases and stress.

Whereas 5 households had been overjoyed to be reunited with their family members, for Mr Urey’s daughter Chelsea Coman, 20, there have been “combined feelings” after studying the Britons had been freed.

“We’re completely satisfied for the 5 males which have returned; we’re completely satisfied for the households,” Ms Coman informed the i newspaper.

“On the identical time we’re jealous, however not in a bitter manner, that we gained’t get that. As a result of our dad’s not returning residence.

“The boys had been launched from jail – they’ve acquired on a airplane and had been residence in 24 hours. Whereas my dad was launched two weeks in the past, and I’m having to pay £10,000 to get him residence.”

Ms Coman has raised greater than £8,000 on GoFundMe to carry Mr Urey’s physique residence from Ukraine after she and her 17-year-old sister Courtney had been informed by the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO) that they would wish to pay almost £10,000 in repatriation prices.

“He doesn’t need to be on the market on the minute,” Ms Coman stated.

“It might set our thoughts comfortable to have the ability to lay him to relaxation and know that he’s not in a unique nation nonetheless struggling, regardless that he’s died.

“We might get closure.”

Ms Coman, a full-time mum or dad to her two-year-old daughter in Manchester, discovered about her father’s dying after seeing it on the information. Her stepfather, Christopher Chadderton, had tried to get to Ms Coman and her sister to inform them earlier than they heard elsewhere, however was too late.

Chelsea Coman (left) says donations to carry her father’s physique residence from Ukraine have been ‘overwhelming’

(Household handout/PA)

“[A journalist] rang me and defined about Paul’s dying,” Mr Chadderton, 53, stated.

He added: “Me and the youngsters’s mum, we rushed again to attempt to inform the ladies earlier than they heard it on the information, however as we acquired there the ladies had been sobbing, holding one another.

“That was heartbreaking for me, to see the ladies going via that.”

Mr Chadderton, a retiree, criticised the FCDO for leaving his stepdaughters “in a state of limbo, not realizing whether or not they might get their father again”.

“For me, personally, it doesn’t sit proper,” he stated.

“Reasonably than saying ‘don’t fear concerning the cash, we’ll get your dad again’, it was a case of ‘to carry your dad again goes to price this a lot’.

“I don’t perceive how they might lead on two younger ladies in a scenario [they were in] once they had been grieving and confused. [There was] quite a lot of anger.”

British help employee Paul Urey’s physique exhibits indicators of ‘unspeakable torture’, Ukraine says

(Screengrab: YouTube/Sky Information)

It’s understood that John Harding, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill had been let loose alongside Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin on Wednesday and landed in Britain within the early hours of the next day.

Mr Harding stated the UK-sanctioned billionaire businessman Roman Abramovich had performed a “key half” of their launch and described him as a “pretty man” and a “legend” in an interview with The Solar.

“He’s [Abramovich] properly revered by Ukrainians and massively by us now, too – he’s accomplished a hell of so much for us and we couldn’t thank him sufficient,” Mr Harding stated.

“He was a sound bloke, a very pretty man. He’s a legend – we completely love him and I’m so grateful for his efforts.”

An FCDO spokesperson stated: “We have now supported Paul’s household all through this ordeal and can proceed to work with the Ukrainian authorities to get him residence. Our ideas stay with the Urey household at this troublesome time.

“The FCDO is sadly not capable of pay for the repatriation of British nationals who’ve died abroad.”

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