Russian court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine, sentenced to death two Britons and a Moroccan who were arrested while fighting for Ukraine.
The court convicted the three individuals – Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun – guilty of “mercenary operations and conducting measures intended at gaining power and undermining the constitutional order of the DPR,” the Interfax news agency cited a court spokesman as saying.
The three guys were apprehended on February 24 while fighting for Ukraine against Russian and Russian-backed forces that invaded the nation.
Their attorney stated that an appeal will be filed.
The British foreign ministry has nothing new to say regarding the sentencing of the two Britons. Wednesday, it decried what it termed the political exploitation of prisoners of war and stated that they were “entitled to combatant immunity.”
British citizens Aslin and Pinner were taken by the Russian-backed forces in Mariupol in April, following a hard war for control of the city.
Moroccan Saadoun surrendered in March while battling in a tiny town between Mariupol and the regional seat of Donetsk.