‘Weary’ British fighter detained in Ukraine forced to answer questions on Russian TV – World News

Aiden Aslin, 28, of Newark, Notts., was forcibly interrogated by a Russian broadcaster after his unit surrendered in the besieged eastern Ukraine city of Mariupol

Aiden Aslin
Aiden Aslin was forced to surrender in the city of Mariupol

The family of a British fighter captured in Ukraine fear for his well-being after he appeared “colorless” during a screening on Russian TV.

Aiden Aslin, 28, of Newark, Notts., was forced to surrender after his unit ran out of ammunition and food in the besieged city of Mariupol.

State-run Kremlin television has now aired footage of the Briton with a laceration to his forehead, raising concerns about his treatment in captivity.

The Brit was forcibly interviewed by a Russian journalist, who asked him various questions about his time in Ukraine.

The interviewer asked him, “Tell me, did you kill people?” and Aiden replied, “I don’t know.”

Then he added, “I didn’t fight.”

Nathan said it looks like his brother was hit with a gun butt


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When asked if he’d seen people being killed, Aiden looked off-camera before replying “no.”

His brother Nathan Wood, 25, said Aiden looked “terrible” and “absolutely exhausted” in the pictures.

He said: “It is so shocking to our family to see Aiden in this condition.

“What did the Russians do to him? He looks terrible, completely exhausted. His face is colorless.

“How did he get such a big red mark on his forehead? It looks like he got hit by a gun butt.”

Aiden’s mother, Ang Wood, is convinced the pictures are real because of her son’s distinctive “Happy Days” tattoo.

She said it appeared her son had been “beaten up” and urged Vladimir Putin to respect Aiden’s rights under the Geneva Convention.

Aiden is a British-Ukrainian dual citizen and has been a member of the Ukrainian army for years


The mother added: “I’m in shambles. My son will be just as scared as we are.

“Aiden is a serving member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and as such a prisoner of war and must be treated with humanity.

“It is now time for the UK Government to step in and help secure Aiden’s release as he is still a British citizen.

“There may be hope for a prisoner exchange arranged by the Ukrainians.”

Aiden called his family in the early hours of Tuesday to inform them that his unit was out of ammunition and food and had been ordered to surrender.

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He told them the 36th Marine Brigade had fought 48 straight days and was exhausted.

Up to 1,000 men of the 36th, including 300 wounded, are said to have been captured.

Aiden, a British-Ukrainian dual citizen, has been a member of the Ukrainian army for years.

He had previously fought alongside the Kurdish YPG against IS in Syria in 2015 and 2016.

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