Donbass, two Britons arrested by pro-Russian militia – Corriere.it

From Luigi Ippolito

Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill face the death penalty like his other compatriots who were sentenced by a court in the Donetsk Republic in early June.

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London – There are others Two Britons face the death penalty in Donbass after being arrested by pro-Russian militias They were accused of fighting as mercenaries on the side of Ukrainian forces. But In at least one of the two cases it is a blatant lieDylan Healy, a 22-year-old chef, is actually a volunteer who was stopped in April at a Russian checkpoint, near the southern city of Zaporizhia, while helping a Ukrainian woman evacuate her two children.

We have provided evidence to the British government and his family, Dominic Byrne, COO of Presidium Network, the organization where Dylan worked. Dylan Which clearly indicates that He was a humanitarian volunteer in Ukraine at the time of his arrest. Dylan He was not affiliated with any military or paramilitary unit and at no time did he participate in military actions. The accusations against him by the Donetsk Republic (Donbass separatists) are not supported by any evidence, and therefore can only be interpreted as politically motivated actions by the Russian government.

The position of the other British man, Andrew Hill, was different: he was a fighter who joined the Ukrainian forces And it was captured in April in the southwestern region of Mykolaiv. By then, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow had released a video in which Russian forces interrogated a wounded man who identified himself as Andrew Hill and spoke with a British accent.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, the two men are being held pending trial and at the moment do not intend to testify or cooperate. Last month, a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic sentenced to death two Britons, Sean Boehner and Aiden Aslin, along with Moroccan Ibrahim Saadoun, for mercenaries. For London, this is a violation of the Geneva Convention Because these two Britons are also Ukrainian citizens who are regularly associated with the Kyiv forces and are not foreign mercenaries.

A State Department spokeswoman said we condemn the exploitation of prisoners of war and civilians for political purposes. The British government refuses to deal directly with the so-called powers of the Donbass, as it would include recognizing them.and wants to prevent the issue of its captive citizens from becoming a bilateral affair with Russia: it relies on Kyiv for mediation in the hope of exchanging prisoners with the Russians.

But it is clear that They are putting pressure, especially from Moscow, on London, which is at the fore in Europe in providing military aid to Ukraine: Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently urged allies not to succumb to the temptation of a bad peace that ends up rewarding Russian aggression.

Jul 2, 2022 (change 2 Jul 2022 | 18:39)

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