Robin Horsfall June 10
Two Ukrainian soldiers who were born in Britain, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner were captured as prisoners of war in Mariupol then sentenced to death in a show trial by Russian separatists in Donbas. They were accused of being spies and mercenaries. Spies don’t wear uniforms and mercenaries are not enlisted in the regular forces of a nation.
It doesn’t matter where a person is born, if he or she is wearing the uniform of the nation he is serving while taking part in legitimate warfare he or she is a prisoner of war.
A prisoner of war can only be executed if he or she has committed a crime that warrants execution but not when they are victims of a show trial with invented charges and no representation.
To execute these prisoners would be a war crime and anyone who is party to such an offence whether they be politician, judge, jury, jailer or executioner will face the consequences of their actions in the International Criminal Court in the Hague at a later date – no matter how long it takes, there will be no hiding place.
I say to Russians involved in this crime ‘Think very carefully if you think that the world cannot catch up with you, it caught up with Bin Laden it caught up with Ratko Mladic and it will catch up with you!’
These sentences are meant to put fear into other Ukrainian soldiers who might not have been born in Ukraine. It is also a propaganda response to the young Russian Sergeant who confessed and asked for forgiveness for murdering civilians and was given a life sentence, but most of all it is a show for the Russian people.
It is damned annoying when the British Press refer to them as ‘British Soldiers’ they are Ukrainian soldiers with Ukrainian wives who were fighting for their country of residence, Ukraine. They bravely risked their lives to protect their families and their homes.
It is unlikely that the sentence will be carried out, they are far more valuable to Putin as hostages. They will be threatened and paraded in the hope that some form of ransom can be exchanged for letting them live. To be sure they will not be the last soldiers of foreign extraction to be captured fighting for freedom.
It is important that all the allied nations recall the words of Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, ‘We will not negotiate with terrorists’ with this small addition ‘nor war criminals!’
Be very careful what you do Russia, you are already a pariah state, don’t make it worse. You can fight your wars but you will never escape the justice of God and man. If you murder prisoners the world will not forget!.
Who Dares Shares