Aiden Aslin among five British subjects released from Russian-backed forces


Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday that five British nationals held by Russian-backed troops in eastern Ukraine will be returned to their families.

“Huge welcome news that five British nationals held by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine are being returned safely, ending months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families.

She thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “for his efforts to secure the release of detainees, and Saudi Arabia for their help”.

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“Russia must end the ruthless exploitation of POWs and civilian prisoners for political purposes,” Ms Truss added.

Health Minister Robert Jenrick has confirmed Aiden Aslin, who was sentenced to death after being captured in eastern Ukraine, is among those released.

He wrote on Twitter: “Aiden’s return ends months of painful uncertainty for Aiden’s loving family in Newark, who suffered every day at Aiden’s mock trial but never lost hope.”

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