British organization says Russian forces are detaining two aid workers in Ukraine



A Ukrainian service member stands at the site of residential houses damaged by a missile attack, as the Russian invasion continues, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

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LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Two British volunteers working to provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine have been detained by the Russian military at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia, a humanitarian organization said.

There was no immediate comment from the UK Foreign Office.

“The Foreign Office is doing everything it can to support and identify these two individuals,” UK Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News.

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The nonprofit Presidium Network said the pair, both civilians, were working independently on a project in Ukraine to provide food, medical supplies and evacuation assistance .

Dominik Byrne, co-founder of the organization, said the men disappeared after entering Russian-held territory where they planned to help evacuate a woman.

Three hours after arriving home, the woman said she was interrogated by Russian soldiers about two men they had arrested, Byrne said.

“On Wednesday evening I received a call and messages from their contacts in England saying they are missing and we believe their whereabouts are and that they have been taken by Russians,” Byrne told Reuters .

On Thursday, the British government confirmed that a British national had been killed and another was missing in Ukraine. Local media reported that the dead man was a former British Army veteran who allegedly fought with Ukrainian forces. Read more

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Reporting by Michael Holden and Lucy Marks; edited by William James and Mark Heinrich

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