British mercenaries sentenced to death in Donbass file an appeal

Aiden Eslin, who fought on the side of Ukraine, appealed against the harsh sentence

British mercenary Aiden Eslin, captured in Ukraine, has filed an appeal against the death sentence imposed on him in the Donetsk People's Republic. Earlier, two other foreign fighters convicted with him were also appealed against.


Captured captured in Ukraine, Briton Aiden Eslin, who fought in the ranks of the Marine Corps of the Ukrainian army, was convicted along with another British citizen Sean Pinner by a court in Donetsk, writes The Guardian.

According to the publication, the Briton sentenced to death filed appeal against the sentence.

As The Guardian recalls, Aiden Eslin, 28, of British and Ukrainian citizenship, a former care worker from Nottinghamshire, was a Ukrainian marine who was captured by Russian forces in Mariupol in April.

Eslin was captured along with 48-year-old Briton Sean Pinner, who was also sentenced to death for “mercenarism” and “terrorism” by the DNR court.

They both received their sentence along with Moroccan citizen Saaudoun Brahim after a trial in the Donetsk People's Republic Republic (DNR).

“A cassation appeal against the verdict was filed today,” his lawyer Pavel Kosovan told the Interfax news agency.

Earlier, the TASS news agency reported that the Supreme Court of the Russian-controlled territory received complaints from lawyers Brahim and Pinner.

Eslyn's grandmother Pamela Hall told the BBC earlier this month: “There are no words, just no words. It must be everyone's worst nightmare when a member of your family is threatened in this way. Aiden was very upset when he called his mother this morning. The bottom line is that Aiden said that the DPR told him that no one from the UK made contact and that he would be executed. I have to believe what Aiden told us, that if the DPR doesn't get any response, they will execute him. Obviously, I hope this is not true.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, calling the British citizens captured in Ukraine “prisoners of war”, said: “I strongly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, held by Russian proxies persons in eastern Ukraine.”

”We continue to do everything we can to support them,” the head of the British Foreign Office said.

Last month, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, suggested that that British prisoners could be released as a result of a prisoner exchange with Russia.

“An important question is what will be the price for this, because the Russians said that some Ukrainian deputies would be exchanged for them,” said he is BBC News.


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