Two British aid workers kidnapped in Ukraine while helping relief effort

A pair of British volunteer charity workers have been kidnapped by Russian forces in Ukraine, with the non-profit organisation confirming the pair had been detained.

The two humanitarian workers were said to have been travelling through a Russian checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine and were detained by Russian forces on Monday.

They have not been heard from since 4am on that same Monday, with Presidium Network, another charitable company doing relief work in Ukraine, raising the alarm for their disappearance.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the organisation said: "Two men who were working as civilian humanitarian relief volunteers were captured on Monday at a checkpoint south of the city of Zaporizhzhia."

International Trade Secretary AnneMarie Trevelyan said that the Foreign Office is attempting to ID the two Brits who have been captured in Ukraine.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: "The Foreign Office obviously has been working very closely with those in Ukraine both to make sure the identification is correct and indeed to work with local authorities and to support families here.

"As we’ve set out right from the beginning we don’t want British nationals to go and fight but there are many many ways in which so many people… can all support."

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She added: "We don't want people to go and fight but obviously the Foreign Office is doing all it can to support and identify these two people."

The pair of missing humanitarian aids were said to have been driving to help evacuate a woman and two children when their communications ceased.

WhatsApp and Viber messages seen by The Mirror show the pair had not issued code words for security and that after communications with the pair became inconsistent, their texts were riddled with spelling errors.

Previously the texts had been consistently written clearly, and it is believed the woman's house who the pair were sent to help had been raided by Russian forces around the same time as the pair's disappearance.

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