According to a statement made on his behalf, a British volunteer fighter fighting in Ukraine was captured by Russian troops at Mariupol (southeast), according to reports.
Aiden Aslin (28), who goes by “Johnny”, stated that his unit tried to defend Mariupol, but had to surrender to Russian forces.
“We don’t have food or ammunition. “It’s been a pleasure everybody, I hope this conflict ends soon,” he said.
He hopes to be part of a prisoner swap.
Former care worker from Newark in Nottinghamshire has used the online pseudonym “Cossack Gundi”, to keep his followers on social media up-to-date about the defense of Mariupol.
On Twitter, the statement concluded that “We’re publishing this after direct consultation with his relatives.” We will continue to share the facts of war until we are told otherwise. We hope for a prisoner swap
In January, Mr Aslin, a interview, gave it with Sean Pinner, a fellow volunteer soldier, 48 to Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay.
He claimed that he had a new life in Ukraine after the invasion and that he was ready to fight Vladimir Putin’s troops.
Before moving to Ukraine in 2018, he was a volunteer to fight the Islamic State of Syria. He then served in the country’s marines.
Mariupol has been under severe attack by Russian forces over the past several weeks. The UK is now “working urgently to confirm reports of a possible Chemical Attack on the city.”
Liz Truss, foreign secretary, said that any confirmed use in Mariupol of such weapons would be a “callous escalated” of war.
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Other sources have confirmed the capture of Mr Aslin.
Atlas News was told by one of his friends: “I just spoke to [Aslin] His unit runs out of food and ammo. They are forced to surrender. He told you that he loved you all. He was strong and never showed weakness.
“He is surrendering the Russians, which is slightly better than surrendering the Chechens. They will soon be meeting their commander. Your Lord, please have mercy!”
Sky News interviewed Mr Aslin before the conflict broke out. He said that many people thought he was insane for signing up to fight, and that he shouldn’t even be Ukraine.
He said, “That’s a real argument from their side. But I’m here. My fiancee Ukrainian, I have a house in Ukraine. I’m building my family.”
“There will always someone who says I shouldn’t be here. But at the end of it all, if I’m not there, like my government’s not here. So, this is what I can do to do what my government cannot do.”