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Denis Pushilin, who is the head of Ukraine’s Russia-backed region of Donetsk, said on Sunday (June 12) he saw no “grounds and preconditions” for pardoning two British nationals who were sentenced to death last week. They were captured while fighting for Ukraine against Russia.
As quoted by Russian news agencies, Pushilin said: “They came to Ukraine to kill civilians for money. I see no reason, no precondition, for me to issue such a clemency decision. The leader of the breakaway republic also said the court had “gave a perfectly fair sentence” to the three fighters.
On Thursday, a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner – and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun – guilty of “mercenary activities” aimed at overthrowing the republic.
According to the families of Aslin and Pinner, the two men have lived in the country since 2018. The United Nations on Friday raised concerns about death sentences passed on prisoners by pro-Russian rebels.
Meanwhile, a former British soldier has been shot and killed in Ukraine, his family announced on Sunday. Jordan Gatley is the second Briton believed to have died fighting alongside Ukrainian forces against invading Russians.
His father, Dean Gatley, said in a Facebook post that his son left the British Army in March and went to Ukraine “after careful consideration”. He further informed that his son was killed in the city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. The mentioned city suffered heavy Russian attacks.
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