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PM orders ministers to do 'everything in their power' to help free Britons on Russian death row

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Russia, has directed his ministers to do everything in their power to free two Britons held by Russian forces in Ukraine while they were fighting and sentenced to death.

Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Shaun Pinner were captured at Mariupol during the fierce fight for control over the port city. They were charged with being mercenaries.

They were both found guilty of “mercenary actions and committing actions aimed to seize power and overthrow the constitutional order of Donetsk People’s Republic”. However, their families claim they were fighting legally as part of the Ukraine army. Instead of being treated as prisoners of war, they should be.

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Robin Walker, a minister in the government, condemned the procedure calling it “an illegal court under a sham government”.

According to reports, Mr Johnson was “appalled” at their sentences. He ordered ministers to do everything they could to ensure their release.

A spokesperson for Number 10 said that he had been closely following the case and asked ministers to do all they can to try to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible.

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As Mr Aslin’s fiancée, Diana Okovyta, the PM made a rallying cry and travelled to London in order to push for his release.

In a touching social media post, she assured her husband that he wasn’t “abandoned”.

Image Mr Aslin and Mr Pinner (L), in Ukraine

She stated, “How I wish that you knew that you weren’t forgotten, that you’re not alone and will never be abandoned.

“I hope you feel and know it deep in your soul.” “I believe we will soon see photos of you smiling in the newspapers.”

The UK has not yet announced plans to meet with Russian officials.

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