Newark MP Robert Jenrick raises plight of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner in Parliament
Newark MP Robert Jenrick has raised the plight of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner as an urgent item in the House Of Commons.
Aiden, of Newark, and fellow Brit Shaun Pinner were sentenced to death earlier today in a court hearing the Donetsk People's Republic, which is held by pro-Russian rebels.
They were charged with being mercenaries, despite being members of the Ukraine armed forces.
Mr Jenrick called on Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to take action.
He said in Parliament: "Both Aiden and Shaun are British citizens who happened to be fighting in the Ukraine armed forces and were captured by the Russian Army. Both are prisoners of war who deserve to be treated appropriately and in accordance with the Geneva Convention.
"Instead, the Russian Army has put them on a Soviet-era show trial and earlier today sentenced them to death.
"This is completely unacceptable and the most egregious breach of international law.
"I hope my Right Honourable friend the Foreign Secretary will summon the Russian ambassador to the Foreign Office at her earliest convenience to convey the clear message that you cannot treat British citizens in this manner and that both Aiden and Shaun should be freed and returned to their family and friends either in the Ukraine or home here in the UK as soon as practical."
House deputy speaker Eleanor Laing said it was 'disturbing, indeed horrific news for the House to receive about the treatment of British citizens at the hands of the Russian regime.'
In a statement, Aiden's family in Newark said they were devastated at the news from Donetsk and urged the governments of the UK and Ukraine to do everything in their power to have them returned safely.
Aiden and Shaun were both serving in the Ukraine Army at the time of the Russian invasion and were captured during the seige of Mariupol.