Russia captured a second British fighter jet in recent days, parading it on Russian state TV. While the U.K.’s response is yet to be seen, experts believe that Russia’s aggression will likely lead to more Western sanctions against Moscow and further destabilize Eastern Europe.
Shaun Pinner, 48, a former Royal Anglian Regiment soldier, relocated to Ukraine four years ago (Picture: Twitter)
After being seized by forces in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol, a second British fighter was displayed on Russian television.
Shaun Pinner, a former Army soldier, was one of at least ten UK nationals who traveled to Ukraine’s Donbas area, which has been the focal point of Russia’s onslaught in recent weeks.
The footage, which is alleged to have been shown on a Russian military TV station, shows him appearing exhausted but uninjured and dressed in a blue sweatshirt.
Aiden Aslin, a 28-year-old ex-care worker from Newark, Nottinghamshire, became the first British prisoner of war in the conflict only days before he was apprehended.
‘My name is Shaun Pinner,’ Mr Pinner adds in the video. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom. Mariupol was where I was apprehended.
‘I’m a Ukrainian Marine from the 36th brigade’s first battalion. I spent five or six weeks fighting in Mariupol and am presently in the Donetsk People’s Republic.’
‘He doesn’t want war and wants to go home,’ he allegedly told the Russians.
‘Another old buddy of ours has been taken,’ said Jayson Pihajlic, a worried friend in the UK.
Mr Pinner was one of at least 10 British citizens fighting in the Donbas area of Ukraine (Picture: east2west news)
He relocated to Mariupol in order to be closer to his wife, Larysa. (Image courtesy of east2west news)
‘It seems that Aiden has yet to be executed because of social media. Shaun Pinner, my brother, deserves the same.’
Mr Pinner is originally from Bedfordshire but relocated to Mariupol four years ago to be with his wife Larysa. He previously served in the Royal Anglian Regiment.
He had previously been seen fighting with Ukrainian military, and recent bogus rumors claimed he had been slain in the conflict-torn city.
‘He was injured by shrapnel from a tank shell in Mariupol and is in a military hospital,’ Chris Garrett, who previously fought with him in the Donbas in 2014, told the Sun.
‘Right now, I’m told he’s not dead, and I believe the individuals who have told me that.’ They’re also from the United Kingdom.
‘I’m hoping their information is accurate.’ It’s absolutely plausible that the Russians’ photocopies of his passport were stolen from somewhere else and used for propaganda purposes.’
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Following the arrests of Mr Pinner and Mr Aslin, the wife of Ukraine’s opposition leader, Viktor Medvedchuk, has demanded that her husband be freed in return for them.
After evading house arrest and becoming a Kremlin loyalist, he was apprehended by Ukrainian secret service officers.
His whereabouts had been unclear since he went on the run until he was apprehended earlier this week, with some speculating that he had been smuggled into Russia.
Oxana Marchenko, his wife, made a video appeal for the switch.
‘I, Oxana Marchenko, wife of opposition leader and Ukraine’s people’s representative Viktor Medvedchyuk, address the family of detained British residents Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner,’ she stated.
‘It is within your ability to convince your country’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, to exert influence over Ukrainian authorities and secure Aiden and Shaun’s freedom in return for my husband, Viktor Medvedchyuk.’
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