Brit soldier Aiden Aslin will be executed for fighting in Ukraine, warns family

Brit soldier Aiden Aslin, who went to Ukraine to fight, has been told his execution will go ahead after he was sentenced to death by an internationally unrecognised Russian court, his family has said.

Aiden was sentenced to death alongside Shaun Pinner in a bogus trial in the Russian occupied region of Donetsk on June 9.

He and Pinner pleaded guilty to "training in order to carry out terrorist activities".

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Mr Aslin told his family his captors said there had been no attempt by UK officials to negotiate on his behalf.

His family said they had spoken to him in a phone call in which he said he had been told "time is running out" by his captors.

Aiden's grandmother Pamela Hall told the BBC : "There are no words, just no words, it's got to be everyone's worst nightmare to have a member of your family threatened in this way.

"Aiden was extremely upset when he called his mother this morning.

"The bottom line is Aiden has said the DPR has told him nobody from the UK has made contact, and that he will be executed.

"I have to believe what Aiden has said to us, that if the DPR don't get some response then they will execute him. Obviously, I hope that isn't true."

Aiden and Shaun both moved to Ukraine in 2018. They both had previously served as part of Ukraine's armed forces before the Russian invasion.

Both men had made Ukraine their home. When they were captured they were branded "mercenaries" – which accused them of being sent to fight for money.

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Both had Ukrainian partners and had made the country their home. They were captured after spending weeks defending the besieged city of Mariupol.

Their families and the UK government have insisted they should be treated as prisoners of war.

Downing Street said the UK government is "deeply concerned".

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also tweeted: "I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine.

"They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.

"My thoughts are with the families. We continue to do everything we can to support them."

Aiden's grandmother added: "I have cried buckets over this, but crying doesn't help, I want to do so something but I don't know what to do.

"After Aiden's call this morning what am I supposed to think? I don't want to lose heart but it's very hard."

"I can't help but think that contact should be made between the UK and Russia."

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