The family of a British man imprisoned in Mariupol has issued a statement on the 48-year-old saying they are working with the Foreign Office to ensure his rights as a prisoner of war are maintained.
Former British Army soldier Shaun Pinner was filmed saying he was taken prisoner in Mariupol while fighting with the Ukrainian marines.
In footage that was paraded on Russian state TV, Mr Pinner said he had been fighting in the besieged port city for five to six weeks but is now in the demolition region of Donetsk.
His family issued a statement saying they were “currently working with the Foreign Office” along with the family of Aiden Aslinfrom Newark in Nottingham, who was one of the last soldiers to surrender in the besieged city of Mariupol on 15 April.
They said they wanted to “ensure that their rights as prisoners of war are preserved under the Geneva Convention”, while also addressing “misinformation”.
The Geneva Convention is an international humanitarian law that requires humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands.
The family said: “Following the recent events that led to Shaun Pinner’s current situation, we would like to clarify some misinformation circulating in the media.
“Shaun was a well respected soldier in the British Army who served for many years in the Royal Anglian Regiment. He served in many tours including Northern Ireland and with the United Nations in Bosnia.
“In 2018, Shaun decided to move to Ukraine to use his previous experience and training within the Ukrainian army.
“Shaun enjoyed the Ukrainian way of life and considered Ukraine as his adopted country over the last four years. During this time he met his Ukrainian wife who is very focused on the humanitarian needs of the country.”
The statement added: “He has advanced in the Ukrainian marines as a proud member of his unit. By the end of 2022, his three-year contract is due to end and he intends to enter a humanitarian role within Ukraine.
“We want to make it clear that he is not a volunteer nor a mercenary, but is officially serving in the Ukrainian army in accordance with Ukrainian law.”
They said that “Shaun is for many a funny, loving well-meaning husband, son, father, brother and friend to many” and they hope that both men who were taken prisoner will soon “return safely to their families”.
Pinner told Sky News’ Stuart Ramsey in January he gave up working in waste management in England after realizing he could no longer do the 16-hour days and long commutes on the M25.
He was able to join the Ukrainian army through his military background after serving nine years in the Royal Anglian Regiment in the British Army.
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