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Britons facing death sentence – Why were they in Ukraine and what is UK doing about it?

Britons Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Shaun Pinner were accused of being mercenaries according to Russian state media. They have been sentenced for their crimes.

They were captured in Mariupol, April in the fierce fight for control over the port city. appeared in court of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

They have admitted to “training in terrorist activities”.

Another man, Saaudun Brahim (a Moroccan national), was also reported to have been sentenced.

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According to RIA, the punishments were imposed by the DPR’s supreme Court.

According to Interfax, a court official stated that the men were guilty of “mercenary actions and committing actions aimed towards seizing power and overthrowing constitutional order of DPR”.


What did they do in Ukraine?

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Aiden Aslin is currently applying for citizenship with a Ukrainian girlfriend. He joined the country’s Marines in 2018 after he was married to a Ukrainian woman. Shaun Pinner, who has been living in Ukraine since 2018, was married to a Ukrainian woman and was on his fourth tour with the Ukrainian military.


They were regular soldiers.

Yes. Russia claims they were mercenaries. Russia is drawing a distinction between them, and other Ukrainian prisoners-of-war (POW), simply because they were born in Ukraine.


Does that violate international law?

No. No. According to the British government, they have “entitled combatant immunity” and should be prosecuted if they participate in hostilities.

Continue reading: Ukraine War: Two British soldiers sentenced to death in separatist zone, Russian state media reports

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What is the UK going do?

Downing Street stated that it would continue to work with Ukrainian authorities in order to secure the release of British nationals who served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The Russians have obviously taken control of the POWs held by Ukraine’s authorities, but they are currently in negotiations with them about possible prisoner swaps.

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Aiden Aslin responds to death sentence


These two men from Britain could be exchanged for Russians.

It’s possible. It is possible.

Medvedchuk also appeared in a video asking for the same thing.


Could today’s sentencing be part of these negotiations?

It’s possible. Medvedchuk is an ally and friend to Vladimir Putin. Russia also has a point to make about the Ukrainian war crimes trials.

It was only a matter time before Russia began putting prisoners on trial after Kyiv had begun.


Is it likely that they will be executed?

They were told that they have one week to appeal. Russia threatens to fire them if this fails, and if they’re not released as prisoners.


Did Liz Truss not encourage British citizens to fight in Ukraine?

She stated that she would support anyone who went to fight in the war. It must be noted that these men began fighting there many years before.

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