Three foreign combatants have been sentenced to death by Pro-Russian rebels after fighting for Ukraine.
Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, and Brahim Saadoun were found guilty in by the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic of Mercenary activities and terrorism, all three men have been given one month to appeal or face a firing squad. Many commentators in the west have called the charges a complete sham. The court alleges that all three men are to be considered foreign mercenaries and are not entitled to usual protections given to POW’s. However, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Penner are both inaugurated Marines, and have been serving in the Ukrainian Armed forces years before the start of the Russia’s “Special Military Operation.” Brahim Saadouns father has told a Morrocan news agency that his son is not a mercenary and has Ukrainian citizenship and was a student at Kiev’s Faculty of Aerodynamic and Space Technologies before the war. They are the first foreign combatants condemned by Ukrainian insurgents supported by Russia. The separatist side maintained that the three individuals were “mercenaries” who were not entitled to the customary safeguards. Ukraine and the West criticized the proceedings as a farce, many commentators believe the proceedings to be theatrical, an attempt to get western nations to negotiate with the DPR, which is seen as an illegitimate government. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pronounced the sentencing a “sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.”