British POW Aiden Aslin’s Family Say He’s ‘Much Missed’

Family of British prisoner of war who could face the death penalty say he will be'much missed'

The 28-year-old was branded a ‘mercenary’ along with two other Brits (Image: East2West)

Relatives of a British fighter in Ukraine who was captured by Russian forces have sent an emotional message to their supporters.

Aiden Aslin, 28, had been fighting in Mariupol when his military unit ran out of food and ammunition.

They had “no choice” but to surrender to Russia.

Mr Aslin’s family have since worked with both the Foreign Office and the Ukrainian government in a desperate attempt to bring him home.

In a statement released today, they described him as a “beloved man who is greatly missed”.

His family said: “This is a very sensitive and emotional time for our family and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us.

“We are currently working with the Ukrainian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to try to bring Aiden home.

“Aiden is a very loved man and will be greatly missed and we hope he will be released very soon.”

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Aiden Aslin, 28, was captured after his military unit ran out of food and supplies (Image: Reuters)

Aiden Aslin in court in Donetsk, June 7, 2022

He and three other Britons are reportedly now facing the death penalty (Image: Zvezdanews /east2west news)

Mr Aslin, originally from Newark in Nottinghamshire, moved to Ukraine in 2018 after falling in love with a woman from Mykolaiv.

He joined the Ukrainian army that same year and has previously fought in Syria against the Islamic State.

The 28-year-old is now one of three men accused of being mercenaries for the Ukrainian armed forces.

If convicted on a range of charges, including attempting to seize power, the trio could face the death penalty.

Denis Pushilin, leader of Ukraine’s breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, has claimed “the crimes they committed were outrageous”.

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Mr Aslin’s family are hoping he can be brought back to the UK (Image: Zvezdanews/east2west)

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Dominic Raab has promised to make “all statements” on his behalf (Image: east2westnews)

The region’s Supreme Court is preparing the trial of the three Britons.

Dominic Raab said the Foreign Office would make “all representations” on Mr Aslin’s behalf.

He told LBC on Monday: “In relation to this case I don’t know all the details but of course we would expect the laws of armed conflict to be respected and we will ensure that we will do all the representations.”

“I know that the Foreign Office will check whether all these statements are made.”

Mr Aslin and one of the other men, Shaun Pinner, were members of regular Ukrainian military units in Mariupol.

Mr. Pinner had fought in the town for five or six weeks before his capture.

He reportedly told Russians that “he doesn’t want war and wants to go home” after being arrested.

Mr Pinner, who previously served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, is originally from Bedfordshire but moved to Mariupol four years ago to be with his wife Larysa.

The affiliation of the third prisoner’s husband, Andrew Hill, who was captured in the Mykolayiv area, is unclear.

Former Ukraine Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk has called the treatment of the men by Russian forces a war crime.

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