Two Britons have been sentenced to death – any foreigner in Ukraine is now at risk

This also potentially sets countries like the UK in a direct conflict with Russia, who no doubt ordered or at least sanctioned the trial, writes Bel Trew

<p>The DNR wants to use the cases of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner to pressure the UK government for supporting Ukraine’s war effort </p>

The DNR wants to use the cases of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner to pressure the UK government for supporting Ukraine’s war effort

Heads shaved and bowed, the three men are brought one by one into the unrecognised “courtroom” in the unrecognised state: the so-called pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).

They look exhausted. All three men – Aiden Aslin, 28, Shaun Pinner, 48, from Newark and Bedfordshire, and Moroccan citizen Saaudun Brahim – survived some of the fiercest  fighting during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Then to be captured and sent to trial.

Aslin, a former care worker who fought with the Kurds against Isis in Syria and then joined the Ukraine marines in 2018, appeared in photos bruised and bloodied. Those images have been paraded all over Russian Telegram channels and state television.

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