Putin’s thugs ‘preparing execution site’ for Brit fighters captured in Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatist groups in eastern Ukraine have said they are “preparing a place for the execution” of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, who were fighting with the Ukrainian Army and captured by Putin's thugs.

The pair, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, and Watford, Hertfordshire respectively, had been defending the city of Mariupol when they were captured in April.

Since then, they have been sentenced to death in what Western politicians described as a show trial by the pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Now, their situation is getting worse as a statement from officials in the breakaway region of Ukraine reportedly said that they were “preparing a place for their execution”.

It added that the execution would be by firing squad and without any prior warning.

DPR spokesman Denys Pushilin added: "Everything is ready. It won’t be public."

DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova said that the two Britons were sentenced to death for fighting as "mercenaries".

However, under international law, they are entitled to protection while in custody because they, and Moroccan colleague Brahim Saadoun, 21, belonged to bona fide Ukrainian military units.

Mr Aslin, 28, and Mr Pinner, 48, also had joint UK-Ukrainian citizenship.

So far, only Russia and Syria have recognised the DPR as independent so some experts fear that Putin might be using the men as a bargaining chip so the UK will enter diplomatic talks with officials from the region.

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The men will executed with British guns and British bullets, a prominent Moscow MP claimed last month.

Aleksey Zhuravlyov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's defence committee, said on Rossiya 1 state TV: "The shooting will be performed with a British weapon, and a British bullet.

"And then this bullet will be sent to the British relatives who will be made to pay for it. In roubles…converting from pounds."

TV anchor Yevgeny Popov intervened to say this was "a mockery".

But the MP hit back: "Why mockery? No mockery, we need just to finish these b******ds off.

"Without any negotiations. No need even to mock them. I saw what they are doing with my own eyes, personally. So I have no mercy for them.

"All those b******ds who came here from Britain must be eliminated."

Two other Brits, Dylan Healy, 22, and Andrew Hill, 35, are also in custody in Donetsk.

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