Updated 6/13/2022 at 09:59
- Two British and a Moroccan fought Ukrainian forces against the invasion of the Russian army.
- All three surrendered in Mariupol and were then arrested by the Russian army.
- They accuse men of fighting for Ukraine as mercenaries. The Supreme Court of the Polish People’s Republic imposed the death penalty on Thursday – Denis Puschilin wants it to stay that way.
Pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Puschilin has rejected calls for the annulment of the death sentences against three foreign fighters captured in eastern Ukraine. “They came to Ukraine to kill civilians for money. That is why I see no grounds for lowering the penalty,” the head of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” said on Sunday in Mariupol.
The Supreme Court in Donetsk on Thursday sentenced the British Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and the Moroccan Brahim Saadun to death. He accused them of fighting for Ukraine as mercenaries.
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Families strongly criticize Russia’s actions
Two British families rejected it. According to her, they both moved to Ukraine in 2018, have Ukrainian partners and have been serving in the Ukrainian military for years. The Pinner family spoke on Saturday of an “illegal show trial.” She was “devastated”.
Saadun’s friends and his father also assured that the 21-year-old was not a mercenary. Therefore, the young Moroccan studied in Ukraine and joined the army last year.
British Foreign Minister Truss: “Outrageous breach of the Geneva Convention”
Death sentences faced harsh criticism in Western countries and the United Nations. Downing Street stated that the convicts were clearly “prisoners of war” and not mercenaries; British Foreign Minister Liz Truss spoke of “a monstrous violation of the Geneva Convention.” The British government says it supports Ukraine in its efforts to free two British people.
A friend of Saadun called on the British government on Sunday to work towards the release of a Moroccan prisoner. “Look after people who care about democracy,” Sina Kotenko, who fled to England after the Russian invasion of her homeland, demanded on Sky News. The Moroccan government has not yet commented on the matter. (AFP / MF) © AFP
Updated on 06/12/2022 at 16:19
Ukraine has been demanding a visit from the German chancellor for weeks. According to media reports, this may be inevitable. The head of government of the most powerful EU country is accompanied by two European allies.