Russian proxies’ sham court sentences to death foreigners who defended Ukraine

9 June, 07:57 PM
From Left: Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin (Photo:cossackgundi / Instagram)

From Left: Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin (Photo:cossackgundi / Instagram)

Two UK nationals, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, along with Moroccan citizen Saadun Brahim, were sentenced to death on June 9 by a sham court in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast.

Russian-controlled media announced the court’s decision. The sham republic set up by Russia when it invaded part of Ukraine’s Donbas in 2014 has the death penalty, unlike Russia proper, which has had a moratorium on executions since Aug. 2, 1996.

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss condemned the court’s decision, saying that two Britons are PoWs and no sentences of the illegitimate court have any legal force.

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The 28-year-old UK national Aslin was reported on April 12 to have been taken prisoner while defending Mariupol. In 2018, Aslin was sworn into the Ukrainian armed forces as a Ukrainian marine and subsequently served in the 36th Marine Brigade. His friend and comrade 48-year-old Pinner joined the Ukrainian marines the same year.

The Russian lawyer who defended Brahim told Russian media that his client joined the Ukrainian armed forces in 2021, and was captured near Volnovakha on March 12.

Ukraine’s General Staff said that any foreign nationals who defend Ukraine have signed contracts with the Ukrainian armed forces voluntarily and in accordance with Ukrainian law.

According to the Geneva conventions, all Ukrainian military service members, legally combatants, should be treated as PoWs by the enemy should they be captured.

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