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Soldier Aiden Aslin pleaded guilty to death in Ukraine

Aiden Aslin was taken prisoner while fighting with Ukrainian marines in Mariupol (Photo: AP / East2West)

The British soldier Aiden Aslin has appealed against the death sentence imposed on him by a Russian plenipotentiary.

The 28-year-old was taken prisoner along with another British fighter, Shaun Pinner, while fighting in Mariupol.

Both men joined the Ukrainian army after moving to the country, starting relationships and formally enrolling.

Her hearing at the ‘Supreme Court’ of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which is not recognized internationally, has been rejected as a showdown.

Kremlin-backed officials say the two men are mercenaries and therefore have no right to the protection afforded to soldiers under the Geneva Convention.

Their families, the British government and the Ukrainian authorities dispute this, saying they have been serving in the army for several years.

An attorney assigned to represent Mr. Aslin said an appeal was filed today, according to Interfax.

Aiden Aslin, left, Shaun Pinner, right, and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim, center, sit behind bars in a courtroom in Donetsk (Photo: AP)

Pavel Kosovan told the Russian news agency: “A cassation appeal against the verdict has been filed today.”

The couple was convicted alongside a Moroccan man, Brahim Saadoun, for ‘hiring activities’.

Another bureau, TASS, had reported Friday that the court had received complaints from lawyers for the other two inmates, but that Mr. Aslin had yet to file an appeal.

Mr. Aslin’s family published a statement in the aftermath of his sentence. It reads: ‘We love Aiden with all our heart.

‘He and Shaun, as members of Ukrainian Armed Forces, must be treated with the same respect as all other prisoners of war.

“They are not mercenaries, nor have they ever been.”

The Foreign Office has condemned the exploitation of prisoners of war for political purposes.

A spokesman said they ‘have the right to contend with immunity and should not be prosecuted for participating in hostilities’.

It is feared that all three men have pleaded guilty under duress, with the images broadcast on television for propaganda purposes.

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Soldier Aiden Aslin pleaded guilty to death in Ukraine

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