British prisoners in Russia face death penalty for alleged ‘crimes against civilians’ – World News

Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were both captured within days while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the besieged city of Mariupol last month

Aiden Aslin, 28, was informed of charges against him this morning
Aiden Aslin, 28, was briefed on charges against him after he was arrested by Russian forces

Two British soldiers arrested after fighting in Ukraine have reportedly been told they could face the death penalty.

Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were both captured within days while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the besieged city of Mariupol last month.

They have since appeared in separate videos asking to be swapped out for pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk.

The public prosecutor of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic seemed to smile as he explained the charges to the British fighters.

Both men were told they were charged with crimes against civilians.

Prosecutor Andrei Spivak said: “You are charged with a number of crimes against civilians of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Shaun Pinner, 48, was also briefed on the charges


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“The maximum penalty for these crimes is the death penalty.”

Aslin was heard saying he understood the allegations against him but disagreed that he had murdered civilians while fighting for the Ukrainians in Mariupol.

It is unlikely that these charges were made without Russia’s approval.

The prosecutor said: “In the period from approximately December 2018 to April 2022, Shaun Pinner, Aiden John Mark Aslin and [another foreign fighter] Deliberate actions of a group of people by prior agreement as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] armed with firearms and took part in the preparation and military actions against the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic in wartime for the purpose of violent conquest and maintaining power on the territory of the DPR, thereby violating its constitution terrorist attacks, diversions, explosions, artillery shelling, Mortars, small arms from settlements, peaceful citizens, military of DPR Armed Forces, killings of DPR citizens, threats against civilians who carried out their will during the referendum on May 11, 2014, which led to the formation of the state of Donetsk People’s Republic. Do you understand the substance of the charges, do you plead guilty?”

Aiden Aslin surrendered to the Russian army at Mariupol


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Aslin told the camera: “I totally understand what I’m being accused of, I totally agree, except for the part about the killing of civilians – I don’t agree.

“I agree with the fact that I fought on the territory of the [DPR]and fought against the soldiers of the [DPR] in peaceful settlements.

He admitted to using weapons and weapon systems in common with other foreigners, including Pinner.

Shaun Pinner with wife Larysa


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Aslin was told he was charged with murdering civilians


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Pinner also confirmed that he understood the allegations.

Neither man was seen making a plea, nor did they respond to threats of the death penalty being the ultimate punishment.

It’s unclear if they were directly informed of the death penalty because the prosecutor revealed it on camera.

Russia has suspended the use of the death penalty and has not used it since 1996, although efforts are being made to reinstate it.

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DPR is a state that is not recognized in the world except for Russia. According to international law, it is part of Ukraine.

The British men fought in territory then controlled by Ukraine.

Originally from Newark, Nottingham, Aslin was already living in Ukraine when war broke out.

He joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces as a Marine in 2018 and has since applied for citizenship there.

Originally from Bedfordshire, Pinner was a former Royal Anglian soldier.

The Brit moved to Ukraine four years ago before joining the Ukrainian Marines in hopes of passing on the expertise he had gained in the British Army.

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