Brits trapped in Ukraine facing death penalty after capture by Putins troops

Two Brits who have been trapped by Russian troops in Ukraine are facing the death penalty, as officials issue an update.

Shaun Pinner, 48, and Andrew Hill, 35, could be sentenced to capital punishment after they were captured in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Donetsk People's Republic confirmed their names alongside Moroccan citizen Sadun Brahim.

They were all held by Putin's soldiers following clashes in the Donbas region, which Russia has claimed as its own.

Spokesperson for The Prosecutor General's Office Viktor Gavrilov, told Interfax.Ru: "The Prosecutor General's Office of the DPR has completed the investigation of a criminal case against a group of foreign mercenaries from Great Britain and Morocco.

"Taking into account wartime, the defendants may be subject to capital punishment – the death penalty."

Brit Aiden Aslin, 28, is also facing death after he was captured and forced to speak in a chilling propaganda video.

Aiden was cruelly paraded on a Russian TV propaganda broadcast last month and appeared drained in the footage, where he was quizzed about his actions in Ukraine.

“Tell me, did you kill people?” the interviewer asks, to which Aiden replies “I don't know…”, before adding: “I didn’t do any fighting”.

Andrew Hill, from Plymouth, was sickeningly made to read an embarrassing confession the day after captives were threatened with capital punishment.

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In the footage, the father-of-four appeared to stumble over his words as he read a statement.

“After coming to Ukraine I realised it was hell here," said Andrew, before adding that the foreign mercenaries he was fighting with were "really bad people and sadists".

"They were ready to do any dirty job needed for money.

"They don't come to war for money, they do get money, but they do it because they enjoy it. Many of them do not understand the Ukrainian and Russian language."

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