The UK has messaged the Kremlin over two British nationals sentenced to death in Donbass Aiden Aslin (L) and Shaun Pinner (R), and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim (C), sit behind bars in a courtroom in Donetsk, Donetsk People’s Republic, June 9, 2022 © AP /

Russian ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin has condemned a note sent by London to the Kremlin regarding two British nationals recently sentenced to death by a Donetsk People’s Republic court. The “arrogant” message makes the Kremlin’s cooperation unlikely, Kelin added.

Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as a Moroccan man, were sentenced to death by authorities in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) earlier this month. The three had been captured by the DPR while fighting for Ukraine and were convicted of terror offences and of attempting to overthrow the government of the republic.

Both Russia and the DPR insist that the men were fighting as mercenaries and are therefore not lawful combatants. Pinner and Aslin claim they were active members of the Ukrainian military. (RT)