Captured British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has been told by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) that “nobody from the UK has made contact” with them, meaning the UK government and “time is running out” before he is “executed.”
Aslin moved to the Ukraine many years ago to start a new life and joined the Ukrainian military long before the war broke out.
He and his unit were fighting in Mariupol and when they ran out of food and ammunition they were left with “no choice” and surrendered to Russian troops.
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For many weeks Aslin’s family have been asking the British government, the Foreign Office and the Ukrainian government to get him home.
Pamela Hall, who is Aslin’s grandmother, told the BBC, “There are no words, just no words, it’s got to be everyone’s worst nightmare to have a member of your family threatened in this way.
“Aiden was extremely upset when he called his mother this morning.
“The bottom line is Aiden has said the DPR has told him nobody from the UK has made contact, and that he will be executed.
“I have to believe what Aiden has said to us, that if the DPR don’t get some response then they will execute him.
“Obviously I hope that isn’t true.”
Earlier this month the leader of Vladimir Putin’s backed separatist DPR warned that he will refuse to pardon the two captured British fighters and said “they should be sentenced to capital punishment.”
Denis Pushlin will not grant clemency for Aslin, Shaun Pinner, 48, along with a Moroccan Sadun Brahim, 21.
The three fighters appeared in a sham show trial earlier this month and were told they will be “sentenced to death” by a “firing squad” for their “monstrous crimes.”
In a statement released earlier this month, Aslin’s family described him as a “much loved man and very much missed.”
They said, “This is a very sensitive and emotional time for our family, and we would like to say thank you to all that have supported us.
“We are currently working with the Ukrainian government and the Foreign Office to try and bring Aiden home.
“Aiden is a much-loved man and very much missed, and we hope that he will be released very soon.”