British soldiers who faced the death penalty in Russian-occupied Ukraine RELEASED Credit: Twitter @EmmaVardyTV
British soldiers who faced the death penalty in Russian-occupied Ukraine were released months later, as reported on Thursday September 22.
Video footage of the released British soldiers who escaped the death penalty in Russian-occupied Ukraine was shared on Twitter by BBC News correspondent Emma Vardy:
“NEW: First video of Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and John Harding on their way back to the UK, as five British captives are freed ✈️”
“We just want everyone to know that we are out of the danger zone and on our way back to our families…thank you to everyone who has supported us” – Aiden”
Shaun Pinner says men came out ‘by the skin of our teeth’
Shaun Pinner says men came out ‘by the skin of our teeth’ pic.twitter.com/yJapPgVOlR
— Emma Vardy (@EmmaVardyTV) September 21, 2022
British soldiers Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were arrested in April ahead of their appearance in a court in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Donetsk People’s Republic is a Ukrainian breakaway state that was formed on April 7, 2014 by pro-Russian separatists after the Ukrainian Dignity Revolution.
Russia had previously said that since soldiers are mercenaries, POW laws do not apply.
The leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic has previously spoken out about the execution of British soldiers and other foreign mercenaries, saying:
“All the foreigners have filed an appeal, we are waiting for the court hearing. If the court finds the sentence appropriate, the cases will be transferred to the executive service for the execution of the sentence. It is envisaged to be executed by a firing squad.
He added that there was “no exact date for the execution”. The decision was reportedly made “non-publicly”.
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