Foreign Ministry investigates reports of Britons detained in Russia


The Foreign Ministry is investigating reports that British citizens were detained in Russia after a video showing that a man in camouflage clothing was being cross-examined.

In a video aired on Russian television reportedly, the man seems to have given his name as Andrew Hill. He speaks in an English accent, puts his arms in a sling, bandages his head, and sees blood in his hands.

Unconfirmed videos are shared online.

The Foreign, Commonwealth Development Agency (FCDO) is investigating the report and supporting families.

The FCDO condemns the exploitation of prisoners of war for political purposes and calls on those detained to be treated humanely in accordance with the requirements of international humanitarian law.

Two other British men allegedly working as humanitarian volunteers are also believed to have been detained in Ukraine by Russian troops.

According to the nonprofit Presidium Network, Paul Urey and Dylan Healey were captured early Monday morning at a checkpoint south of the city of Zaporizhia in southeastern Ukraine.

Urey, born in 1977 and from Manchester, and Healy, born in Cambridgeshire in 2000, traveled to Ukraine on their own initiative, the organization said.

They weren’t working for the Presidium network to help get help to Kyiv.

The organization said the pair was driving to help the woman and her two children evacuate when they went missing.

The Presidium Network said it was concerned that Russian troops could consider the two men as British spies.

The Foreign Ministry said it was urgently seeking more information following reports of British detention in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a Saturday update that Russia is facing “significant challenges” and that the military is likely to be suffering from “declining morale.”

A MoD posted on Twitter states: “Russia wants to fix problems that previously restricted aggression by geographically concentrating combat power, shortening supply lines, and simplifying command and control.

“Russia still faces considerable challenges. A failed advance in northeastern Ukraine has forced it to consolidate and redeploy depleted heterogeneous units.

“Many of these units may be suffering from demoralization.

“The shortcomings of Russia’s tactical coordination remain. Lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support have prevented Russia from fully utilizing its combat volume, despite local improvements. . “

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