Three out of five Britons are facing trial in separatist-controlled Ukraine IG News

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Russian media reported that five European nationals, including three Britons captured in eastern Ukraine, have been tried in a court administered by Kremlin-backed separatists in the city of Donetsk.

The five – including Swede Mathias Gustafsson, Croatian Vekoslav Prebeg, and Britain’s John Harding, Andrew Hill and Dylan Healy – all pleaded not guilty to the mercenary charges and, according to Russian media, “seized power by force.” To undergo training”.

They could face the death penalty under the laws of the self-declared, unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic.

The next court hearing in his case is scheduled for October, Interfax news agency reported, citing a statement from the separatists’ court.

On 9 June, the Supreme Court of the self-declared republic sentenced two Britons and a Moroccan, all of whom had been captured by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine’s industrial east, to death for mercenaries. Was.

All three have appealed against their decision.

Ukrainian social media has been speculating that the Kremlin may try to use foreign fighters to win concessions from Ukraine or exchange them for Russian prisoners.


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