Three captured Ukrainian soldiers including Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner have been sentenced to death by pro-Russian officials in Donetsk after being captured while fighting in Mariupol with the Ukrainian army. Many in the international community have condemned the convictions as sham verdicts in a communist era “show trial.”

SOFREP reported on their capture in April, where Aslin had been paraded on Russian media, echoing Russian propaganda possibly against his will. He was seen to have various injuries in the videos while reading what seemed to be a prepared statement. Pinner was also paraded on Russian media, where he asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to exchange him and Aslin for pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who was captured by Ukrainian forces.

Both Aslin and Pinner aren’t new to Ukraine. Aslin originally comes from Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England. He was engaged with a Ukrainian national and was reported to be serving with the Ukrainian military as a marine since 2018, reportedly part of the 36th Marine Brigade, one of the units that held out against the Russians in the Azovstal Iron Works and Steel Plant. He holds Ukrainian citizenship. Pinner is a former British soldier from Bedfordshire (some say Watford). He moved to Ukraine four years ago as he married a Ukrainian and had also been serving under the 36th Marine Brigade.

Along with the Britons was Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim. Saaudun, a Moroccan student, was captured earlier in March in Volnovakha.