PM says Ukraine may agree to prisoner swap of Brit held by Russians

PM says Ukraine may agree to prisoner swap of Brit held by Russians

04/26/2022

Facebook agrees to take down video of Brit being held by Russians as Boris Johnson says Ukraine may agree to prisoner swap deal

  • PM did not rule out a prisoner swap to free British Aiden Aslin captured by Russia
  • Boris Johnson told TalkTV ‘We will do what we can. Clearly it is for the Ukrainians’
  • Facebook to take down video of Aiden being taunted with death penalty, PM said

Facebook has agreed to take a video of a British fighter who was captured in Ukraine by the Russians as Boris Johnson has said that he could be freed under a prisoner swap deal. 

The Prime Minister did not rule out a prisoner swap to free former care worker Aiden Aslin before adding his Government could not ‘pre-empt’ what decisions may be made by Ukraine’s leaders.

The family of Aiden want Russia to free him after he appeared in a video with his face bruised asking to be part of a prisoner swap in exchange for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, held by Ukraine.

On the chances of a prisoner swap, Mr Johnson told Tom Newton-Dunn on new station Talk TV: ‘We will do what we can. Clearly it is for the Ukrainians. They have the other individual who is part of the equation. 

‘We can’t really pre-empt what they may decide.’

The family of Aiden (pictured) want Russia to free him after he appeared in a video with his face bruised asking to be part of a prisoner swap in exchange for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, held by Ukraine

Mr Johnson added: ‘It is very important to understand that Aiden and other UK nationals who have been fighting for the Ukraine armed forces who get captured are not hostages and they are not to be swapped as though they are terrorists – they are prisoners of war.

‘They are, therefore, entitled to rights under the Geneva Convention.

‘They should not be paraded in front of the cameras. They should not be made to give hostage videos – that is a breach of their rights as prisoners of war.’

THe Prime Minister did reveal that Facebook is to take down a video of the captured British soldier being taunted with the death penalty.

The 28-year-old joined the Ukrainian marines four years ago and has dual UK-Ukrainian citizenship and a Ukrainian fiancee. 

The Prime Minister did not rule out on TalkTV a prisoner swap to free former care worker Aiden Aslin before adding his Government could not ‘pre-empt’ what decisions may be made by Ukraine’s leaders

Russia has appeared to brand him an enemy agent rather than a prisoner of war after he was questioned by his captors following his forced surrender in Mariupol last

Aiden, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was paraded on TV with his face bruised. It is thought he is being held in a military detention facility.

Footage shows him being questioned by one of his captors off camera and he supposedly agrees with the suggestion that ‘those who stood with you [in Ukraine], they are killers’.

Speaking from the family home in Balderton, Nottinghamshire today, Nathan Wood begged the Foreign Office to intervene after Aiden Aslin was branded a spy by the Kremlin – prompting fears he will be treated more harshly than a PoW

Mr Aslin’s brother Nathan Wood said: ‘People should not believe anything the Russians say or are making my brother say. He is being held against his will and forced to say whatever they tell him to.

‘Anything that comes out of my brother’s mouth now, and the mouths of his Russian captors, are lies.’

The captured soldier’s mother, Angela, and his brother said they had appealed to Mr Johnson for his freedom during a phone call with them.

Nathan said he spoke to his brother on the phone following the comments, and said he was hoping there would be a swap soon.

He told TalkTv: ‘I would hope that, at some point, there will be a prisoner swap. However, it’s out of my hands. It is between Ukraine and Russia.’

Outlining his phone conversation with his brother, Nathan added: ‘It was obvious that he was with the Russian people that were holding him and he was asking for me to contact Boris to get this prison swap done. And to keep on asking for this swap.’

Brit fighter Shaun Pinner has been captured by Russian forces after surrendering in Mariupol. He was paraded on Russian television looking clean-shaven with no visible wounds. He said on the broadcast: ‘I am Shaun Pinner’

Mr Johnson said the Facebook removal comes after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries called Sir Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Facebook’s parent company Meta and the UK’s former deputy prime minister.

Mr Johnson told TalkTV: ‘Nadine Dorries rang Facebook earlier today, she rang Nick Clegg, and as I understand the matter Nick has agreed to take that down.’

Ex-British Army soldier Shaun Pinner, 48, serving in the Ukrainian Marines was also captured during the siege. 

Looking clean-shaven with no visible wounds, he said on a broadcast: ‘I am Shaun Pinner. I am a citizen of the United Kingdom. I was captured in Mariupol.

‘I am part of 36th brigade, 1st Battalion Ukrainian Marine. I was fighting in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I am in the Donetsk People’s Republic.’

He reportedly told the Russians that ‘he doesn’t want war and wants to go home’. 

There is concern for his safety amid fears that he could treated as a spy by the Kremlin.

Kremlin stooge Graham Phillips conducted a menacing interview with Brit captive Aiden Aslin

British pro-Kremlin stooge Graham Phillips who conducted a menacing interview with battered captive Aiden is also facing the threat of prosecution or being stripped of his British passport. 

He is accused of potential war crimes in Ukraine and is a former sex blogger who even appeared on the BBC to brag about using prostitutes.

Aiden endured a 45-minute encounter with Phillips, who taunted him about potentially facing the death penalty under the laws of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.

It is only the latest cruel interview with PoWs that Phillips has undertaken for his Russian masters, who convinced him he was an ‘independent’ journalist. 

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