Captured Aiden Aslin launches appeal against his death sentence

Captured British fighter Aiden Aslin launches appeal against his death sentence in pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic

  • Briton Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence 
  • The British fighter argues that he was a member of Ukraine’s armed forces
  • He posted a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army
  • Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People’s Republic.

    The former care worker argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine’s armed forces.

    He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army.

    A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, Yulia Tserkovnikova, launched his appeal last week.

    Both men were sentenced to be shot by a firing squad in an verdict last month after a rushed trial when key witnesses did not appear.

    Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People's Republic

    Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People’s Republic

    He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army

    He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army

    Former care worker Aslin argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine's armed forces

    A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, launched his appeal last week

    Former care worker Aslin (left) argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine’s armed forces. A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, (right) launched his appeal last week

    British war prisoners Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) were sentenced to death penalty by Donetsk court on June 9, 2022

    British war prisoners Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) were sentenced to death penalty by Donetsk court on June 9, 2022








    Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.

    But Pushilin has already said he sees no grounds to grant a pardon.

    Their best hope is that a prisoner exchange leads to them being swapped with Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine.

    ‘A cassation appeal against the verdict was filed today,’ said the lawyer representing Aslin, Pavel Kosovan, today.

    The Briton’s were sentenced to death along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun for ‘mercenary activities’ by fighting for Ukraine.

    Alsin’s lawyer said he appeal concerned only some of the charges – those carrying the death penalty – such as his alleged effort to bring about ‘a seizure of power by force’ in the DPR.

    Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin. Pictured: Shaun Pinner

    Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin. Pictured: Shaun Pinner

    British fighter Shaun Pinner with his wife Larysa. Pinner has been sentenced to death

    British fighter Shaun Pinner with his wife Larysa. Pinner has been sentenced to death








    Andrew Hill, 35, and Dylan Healy, 22, face an upcoming trial. Hill,pictured, a father of four from Plymouth, was allegedly a 'mercenary' fighting for the Ukrainians

    Healy, pictured, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was previously described as a civilian volunteer seeking to evacuate people from war-ravaged Ukraine

    Two more British captives in the hands of the DPR have been indicted on charges that could lead to the death penalty. Andrew Hill, 35, (left) and Dylan Healy, 22, (right) face an upcoming trial

    The purpose of the appeal was to ‘avoid execution’.

    Two more British captives in the hands of the DPR have been indicted on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

    Andrew Hill, 35, and Dylan Healy, 22, face an upcoming trial.

    Hill, a father of four from Plymouth, was allegedly a ‘mercenary’ fighting for the Ukrainians.

    Healy, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was previously described as a civilian volunteer seeking to evacuate people from war-ravaged Ukraine.