Two captive British accused of mercenaries: Russian state media


Two more Britons captured in Ukraine have been charged with “mercenary activity” in Donetsk’s pro-Russian separatist region, according to Russian state media.

22-year-old aid workers Dylan Healy and 35-year-old Andrew Hill reportedly faced the same charges that led to the death sentences of Britons Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner last month. ing.

British Healy and Andrew Hill have been charged with mercenaries, according to TASS press. The report on Friday quoted an unnamed official from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), saying investigators are looking for evidence because they “do not want to testify about the criminal case and refuse to cooperate.” rice field.

TASS said it was unable to get official comments.

Citing an unnamed source, a news agency related to DPR said Healy and Hill were “accused of the same article as the three previously convicted mercenaries,” Aslin and Pinner. , And mentioned the Moroccan people.

The Epoch Times cannot verify the information on its own.

In an email to The Epoch Times, the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: We are in constant contact with the Government of Ukraine on their cases and are fully supporting Ukraine in their efforts to release them. “

FCDO is actively investigating and is understood to support male families.

Dominik Byrne, co-founder of the British charity Presidium Network, previously BBC breakfast Healy and fellow British volunteer Paul Urey were arrested on April 25 at a checkpoint in Zaporizhia, southern Ukraine, trying to help evacuate a woman and her two children.

Russian officials have previously stated that Hill was captured by Russian troops in Mykolaiv.

On June 9, Ukrainian soldiers Aslin (28) and Pinner (48) were “mercenaries” who were only recognized by Russia and Syria and attempted to overthrow the DPR designated by the terrorist organization. Was sentenced to death. 2014 Ukrainian Prosecutor’s President.

Both Aslin and Pinner settled in Ukraine and joined the army before Russia invaded Ukraine. Aslin also has Ukrainian citizenship.

The British minister said the ruling was a “fake” and a “terrible breach of the Geneva Convention” that protected prisoners of war.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) told Russia on Thursday to prevent two men from being executed, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia “is no longer in compliance with ECHR requirements.” The fate of men.

Moroccan student Saadoun Brahima was also sentenced to death along with Aslin and Pinner.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.