Kuleba Discussed with British Foreign Secretary How to Release Captured Britons

Friday, 10 June 2022

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone call on the situation with the Britons who fought in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They were captured and sentenced to death by a pseudo-court in occupied Donetsk.

Liz Truss stressed that the verdict against the prisoners was an egregious breach of the Geneva convention. "The UK continues to back Ukraine against Putin’s barbaric invasion," she added.

On Thursday, June 9, Russian state media reported that two British citizens, 28-year-old Aiden Aslin and 48-year-old Shaun Pinner, appeared in court in Russian-controlled territory in Donetsk. They were accused of being mercenaries, undergoing training to carry out terrorist activities, and the violent seizure of power of the so-called DNR.

Both of them have been sentenced to death alongside Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim.

The British Foreign Secretary has condemned the "death sentence" of Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner in a so-called court in occupied Donetsk.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stressed that all servicemen of the Armed Forces who are captured by the occupiers enjoy the rights of prisoners of war. In particular, it is prohibited to commit violence, intimidation, or inhumane treatment.

The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe condemned the sentences as contrary to European human rights principles.

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