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Britons captured by Russian forces sentenced to death

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  • Two Britons, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner are sentenced to death alongside Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim
  • They appeared in a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, held by pro-Russian rebels and not internationally recognised
  • Both British men are serving members of Ukraine’s armed forces and the UK has made clear they are prisoners of war entitled to immunity
  • On the frontline, there’s no let up in the battle for the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk with street fighting and heavy artillery fire
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky says the fate of his country’s eastern Donbas region may be decided in the battle
  • Meanwhile, the UN’s chief, António Guterres, warns the war’s impact on the world’s “food security, energy and finance” is “severe”

Two Britons and a Moroccan man captured by Russian forces in Ukraine have been sentenced to death, the Russian-owned news agency RIA Novosti is reporting.

Aiden Aslin, 28, from Nottinghamshire, Shaun Pinner, 48, from Bedfordshire, and a third man, Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim, appeared in a court in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which is held by pro-Russian rebels.

The court is not internationally recognised.

They are reportedly charged with being mercenaries. But the British men’s families say they were in Ukraine’s military.

Both British men are serving members of Ukraine’s armed forces and the UK has made clear they are prisoners of war entitled to immunity and should not face prosecution for taking part in hostilities.

On Telegram RIA News said: “The Supreme Court of the DPR passed the first sentence on mercenaries- the British Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner and the Moroccan Saadun Brahim were sentenced to death, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the courtroom.”

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