The government has figured out how to save the prisoners sentenced to death by the Russians

Vadim Prisztajko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said he could replace Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner with prisoners captured by Ukrainian forces. The Independent.

As he put it:

There will be a replacement. An important question is what the cost will be, because the Russians have been talking about replacing some of the Ukrainian parliamentarians who have worked for them for years.

Former Minister Robert Jenrick, who represents the constituency where Aslin lived, called on the British Foreign Office to appoint a Russian ambassador to the UK.

The government did not accept the proposal, on the grounds that they are negotiating with Ukraine.

We have previously raised concerns with Russia on a number of other issues

– said a spokesman for the British Prime Minister’s Office, adding that they wanted to work closely with the Ukrainian government as these people were members of the Ukrainian armed forces and this would give them the international protection required by the Geneva Convention.

If they had served in the Ukrainian army, they could not be convicted

As we wrote, the Supreme Court of the Russian-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Friday sentenced British citizen Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death on Thursday, as well as Sadun Brahim in Morocco, who was accused of involvement as a mercenary in Ukrainian armed groups. .

The verdict is not yet final, and the three men can appeal within a month.

Both British men claimed to have served in the Ukrainian Marine Corps, thus serving as soldiers under the protection of the Geneva Conventions on Prisoners of War. However, the Russian state media has set the men as mercenaries who are not covered by the convention, and the court has convicted them of this.

Earlier this week, Aslin’s family said in a statement that Aslin had served in the Ukrainian Marines for nearly four years and was “not a volunteer, a mercenary or a spy, contrary to the Kremlin’s propaganda.”

Guardian correspondent Andrew Roth reported that Aslin was indeed photographed as he swears to join the Ukrainian army.

Saturday’s events in the Ukrainian war we convey in this article.

(Cover image: The British Shaun Pinner is behind bars in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which was recognized as independent only by Moscow, on June 9, 2022 in Donetsk. Photo: MTI / AP)

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