Two British men working as aid volunteers in Ukraine have been arrested by Russian forces on suspicion they are “spies”, a non-profit organisation and the family of one of them said on Friday.

Paul Urey and Dylan Healy were “captured” by Russian soldiers on Monday at a checkpoint south of the city of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine, according to Presidium Network, a humanitarian organisation.

The pair were said to be operating independently to try to get vulnerable Ukrainians out, and were arrested as they drove to help a woman and her two children in Zaporizhzhia.

Presidium Network said it had offered to help Urey and Healy after hearing of their volunteer efforts, but the pair were not affiliated with the non-governmental organisation, which has been active in Ukraine.

The news comes a day after the ministry said one UK citizen had been killed in Ukraine and another was missing, with both reportedly involved in fighting against Russian forces.

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