The two British are said to have been captured during the siege of Mariupol in mid-April, along with a Moroccan. Aydin Aslin (28), Sean Benner (48) and Ibrahim Saadoun all fought with the Ukrainian army. Although they were on active duty in the Ukrainian Navy, they were called “mercenaries” at their trial earlier this month. The law in Donetsk states that mercenaries must be shot.
It is now said that Aslin told his family that according to his guards, the UK had made no attempt to negotiate on his behalf. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, among others, said earlier that she would do everything in her power to help the British.
It is said that Aslin’s family called him. He was also said to have been told by his guards that “his time is running out”. His grandmother, Pamela Hall, told the BBC: “Aiden was very upset when he called his mother this morning. The bottom line is that Aiden has not been told of any contact from anyone from the UK and he has effectively been executed.”
Sources within the British government indicate that no one wants to negotiate directly with the Russians, as he could be a grind in the Russian propaganda mill.
Aydin Aslin was about to marry his Ukrainian fiancée. The woman has since traveled to the United Kingdom.
The two Brits have made headlines on Russian state television in recent weeks. They showed pictures of the men in the cell. They are considered heroes among the Ukrainian forces, according to a fellow combatant.
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