Two more Britons accused of mercenarism in the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic

British mercenaries Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill are under investigation. They were charged under the same articles as the three previously convicted mercenaries. An investigation is underway, charges have been filed, ”the agency said, citing an unnamed representative of the DPR.

The DPR is a pro-Russian region in eastern Ukraine that is not internationally recognized.

The British Foreign Office condemned the “exploitation” of prisoners for political purposes and said it had raised the issue with the Russian government.

“We are in constant contact with the government of Ukraine on their cases and fully support Ukraine in its efforts to free them,” the spokesman added.

On June 9, Britons Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner and Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun were sentenced to death after a court in the DPR found them guilty of being “mercenaries” for Ukraine, Russian state media reported at the time.

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DNR officials said they were foreign fighters detained by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol in April. Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that Pinner, Eslin and Saadoun would be shot and that they had until July 9 to file an appeal.

Pinner’s lawyer, Yulia Tserkovnikova, speaking on behalf of her client, said on Friday that she would ask for pardon and humanitarian leniency to stop the execution. But Tserkovnikova said she would not challenge the guilty verdict handed down by the court.

“We appeal to humanity, since the guilt of my client has been proven by the court in full. There is no need to say that the complaint will be based on any evidence of innocence, ”the Donetsk News Agency quotes Tserkovnikova. .

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg sentenced Pinner and Eslin to “interim measures”, urging the Russian Federation to ensure that the death penalty is not enforced.

Provisional measures are awarded in relation to legal proceedings when there is an “imminent risk of causing irreparable harm”, according to the ECtHR.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Federation no longer follows the instructions of the ECHR, and suggested that the court contact the DPR directly.