The family of the British man on death row joins a rally calling for his release

Demonstrators are demanding the release of Aiden Aslin

Aiden Aslin, 28, was captured by Russian forces in April (Image: Reuters)

A rally was held in Nottingham to call for the release of a Briton to be executed by firing squad in Russian-occupied Ukraine.

Aiden Aslin, 28, was captured along with Shaun Pinner, 48, in April while fighting with Ukrainian marines in the besieged city of Mariupol after their unit was forced to surrender.

His devastated family joined yesterday’s protest along with members of the Nottingham Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (NUSC), who are calling on the government to do more to support British nationals who have been sentenced to death by Russia’s Supreme Court.

Mr Aslin’s grandmother, Pamela Hall, thanked the crowd of around 120 people who joined them in the Old Town Square in a show of solidarity.

Among them were Ukrainian and Russian residents of Nottinghamshire, where he is from.

Organizer Pete Radcliff said the event was part of keeping up pressure to call for action against Russia, the BBC reported.

Rally in support of Aiden Aslin

Protesters joined his family in Nottingham on Sunday

Rally in support of Aiden Aslin

It was organized by the Nottingham Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (NUSC).

A still from Russian state television footage shows Aiden Aslin

Mr Aslin is among three soldiers accused of being mercenaries for Ukraine’s armed forces (Image: Reuters)

He said: “We must defend him and all other prisoners of war being held in Donetsk by an inexplicable proxy of Russia.”

“We must demand that Putin’s war, his war crimes and his occupation of parts of Ukraine end.”

Mr Aslin is among three soldiers accused of being mercenaries for Ukraine’s armed forces.

All three defendants were ordered to plead “guilty” to the charges in front of television cameras earlier this month.

They were found guilty of a “seizure of power by force” by the “Supreme Court” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in what observers branded a “show trial”.

Mr Aslin’s family have been working with the Foreign Office to overturn the sham conviction and negotiate his release, but there are fears “time is running out”.

His grandmother told the BBC last week: “There are no words, just no words, it must be everyone’s worst nightmare to see a family member being threatened in this way.

“Aiden was very upset when he called his mother this morning.

“The bottom line is that Aiden has said the DPR told him that nobody from Britain had been in touch and that he was going to be executed.

“I have to believe what Aiden told us, that if the DPR doesn’t get an answer, they will execute him. Of course I hope that’s not true.’

Another rally in support of Mr Aslin was held in his hometown of Newark two weeks ago.

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