Second British Soldier Captured In Ukraine Paraded On Russian TV
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A second British soldier captured with Ukrainian forces in the besieged city of Mariupol has been paraded in front of the TV cameras by the Russians.
Shaun Pinner was among those who were captured by the invading Russians after serving with Ukrainian marines in the city.
Pinner claimed he has been fighting with them since not long after the war began.
The 48-year-old ex-British Army soldier looked bruised and exhausted in the footage, which was shown on Russian television on Saturday night.
In a short statement, Pinner said: “Hi, I’m Shaun Pinner. I am a citizen of the UK. I was captured in Mariupol.
“I am part of the 36 Brigade First Battalion Ukrainian Marines.
“I was fighting in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I’m in Donetsk People’s Republic.”
The circumstances of Pinner’s capture are not known and we can’t be sure when the video was filmed.
Pinner was fighting alongside his friend Aiden Aslin, who was also captured by Russian forces last week.
Aslin had been serving with the Ukrainian marines for several years and was also shown on television looking as if he’d been beaten.
The 28-year-old from Nottinghamshire was forced to surrender after running out of ammunition and food.
The Foreign Office has been in touch with the families of both men to offer support.
Pinner was thought to have been living in Ukraine with his wife in the Donbas region.
In January he had said that he was based in trenches outside Mariupol with the 36th Brigade First Battalion Marines.
He said: “I am here defending my family and adopted city.
“Russia started this war. It’s funded by Russia and driven by Russia, but we will fight them, make no mistake about that.”
He added: “I fear for my life. The Russians will treat us differently if we are captured because we are British. This is always on my mind, that I will be captured.”
Aslin’s mother Ang has spoken about her son with the Newark Advertiser last month, telling them: "He was OK and had made contact with his fiancée.
"Of course, I'm worried about him and his unit going into Russian hands, but they are the most bravest and courageous men right now."
“They fought until they couldn't fight any more. They had no food, no ammunition, only water.
“He said that last night Russians dropped a chemical bomb via a drone over civilians and soldiers.
"A despicable act and another war crime Putin needs to be accountable for his actions.
"Everyone who knows Aiden knows he's a good man. A son, a grandson, uncle and cousin and brother."
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