I was being held captive by Russian troops – Putin’s torturers berated me, carried out mock executions and bombed AC/DC non-stop

A BRIT relief worker has told of the torture he suffered at the hands of Russian troops in Ukraine – who verbally abused him, carried out mock executions and non-stop blasts of AC/DC.

Dylan Healy, 22, was mugged while on a relief mission in Ukraine and forced to spend weeks in a dingy Russian cell where he was beaten and tortured daily.

Dylan Healy was attacked while on a relief mission in Ukraine in May

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Dylan Healy was attacked while on a relief mission in Ukraine in MayPhoto credit: SWNS
Paul Urey, 45, was also imprisoned but later died in prison

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Paul Urey, 45, was also imprisoned but later died in prisonCredit: PA
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Vladimir Putin has praised the work of pro-Russian separatists in UkrainePhoto credit: East2West

He and 45-year-old Paul Urey were en route from Odessa to Zaporizhia when their convoy was stopped at a Russian checkpoint and forced to kneel by the roadside and shoot at them in a prank execution.

The brave Britons who carried out vital relief efforts were then crammed into cells the size of a single mattress and subjected to untold torture.

Dylan would get out alive in a prisoner swap, but Paul would sadly die on July 10th at the hands of his Russian captors.

The freed Brit told the Sunday Mirror he and Paul were yelled at every time they fell asleep and were regularly dragged out in the middle of the night and shot at in morbid mock executions.

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“All the shooter had to do was pull the trigger and we were gone,” he told the newspaper.

“We were silent. He asked us if we had any last words and we said no. Then he fired a shot into the mud between the two of us. Paul said, ‘That was close’.”

Paul’s captors cited “stress and medical reasons” for his death, but Ukraine suggests his body showed signs of torture.

Dylan – who left Britain to join the Ukrainian Foreign Legion only to leave shortly thereafter – said he and Paul embarked on a 460-mile journey from Odessa to Zaporizhia to rescue a mother and two children, when they were captured in May.

They were 30 minutes from their destination when they were stopped by a guard after passing a Russian checkpoint.

He and Paul were taken from their vehicle, tied up, had bags pulled over their heads and taken to a prison near Mariupol.

They were housed in separate cells and tortured for days by the Russian secret service, the FSB.

“There was no panic, I was resigned. I didn’t want to cry because it wouldn’t change anything,” Dylan explained.

“They yelled at you when you slept. They treated me with waterboarding. They put me on a table, put a rag in my mouth and poured water down it until I choked.

“When I spoke to Paul, he said it didn’t happen to him. They wanted to know how we got behind the lines and why – and whether we were British spies.

“There were regular beatings every day. They had old police batons and my ribs were broken.”

He said Russians “have a penchant for tasers” and stick long spikes into their skin.

They got heavy metal from AC/DC, Rammstein and Slipknot in four-hour loops.

Two weeks later they were transferred to a prison in Makiivka, where they were given toothbrushes and allowed to watch football – where they also met Brits Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, who were also arrested.

You were there when Aiden and Shaun were sentenced to death.

“I knew we were in a bad situation and the verdicts didn’t come as a surprise,” Dylan said.

“Shaun is a good person to try to rationalize things with. Like me, he doesn’t really cry. We got away with the stereotypical British humour.”

There were regular beatings every day. They had old police batons and my ribs were broken

Dylan Healy

On July 8, Dylan and Paul were wheeled out of their cells and forced to sign a fake confession to “minimize the risk to ourselves.”

Dylan was told he received 14 years in prison and the death penalty, while Paul faced seven years and was tortured on the way back to their cells.

“They did something that made him scream for 10, 20 seconds,” Dylan said.

“I don’t think I’ll ever hear anyone scream like that again. That was the last time I saw Paul alive.”

Two days later, Paul began coughing and choking.

“At that point we said ‘Paul is dead,'” Dylan said.

“I could not believe it. He was a very good friend – to be honest, I would have swapped places with him immediately.”

In September, Dylan was “bound, bagged and gagged” and forced into a vehicle with 30 others for 18 hours.

Fearing that he would eventually be executed, he was surprised to find himself on a Russian airstrip and greeted by representatives from Saudi Arabia, who told him he was safe.

He was flown to Heathrow via Saudi Arabia and reunited with his parents and the Labradoodle Arthur.

He’s still processing his ordeal.

“I can’t shake the feeling of hyperconsciousness. I’ve spent five months noticing every little change – so I’m fighting to sleep,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

Dylan and Paul were held by members of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic

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Dylan and Paul were held by members of the so-called Donetsk People’s RepublicCredit: AP

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