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Court in Russia-Occupied Ukraine Sentences Britons to Death

  • Donetsk separatist court convicts two Britons and Moroccan man
  • UK condemns political ‘exploitation of prisoners of war’
Ukrainian Territorial Defense soldiers patrol near the frontline near Ruska Lozova, Ukraine on May 22. 

Ukrainian Territorial Defense soldiers patrol near the frontline near Ruska Lozova, Ukraine on May 22. 

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Two captured British fighters have been sentenced to death by a court in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine.

The court in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic convicted Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner as well as a Moroccan, Brahim Saadoun, of fighting as “mercenaries” for Ukraine and sentenced them to death, Russia’s Tass news service reported Thursday. The men have a right to appeal and are eligible for pardon, according to Tass.