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‘Small window of opportunity’ remains to save Aiden Aslin from execution, MP says

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A Nottinghamshire man has been told his execution will go ahead after he was sentenced to death by a Russian court in the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic. Aiden Aslin, 28, of Newark, and fellow Briton Shaun Pinner were sentenced to death after Russians say they admitted to “training in order to carry out terrorist activities.”

Aiden, who had been fighting with forces in Ukraine, was given the sentence on June 9, and his grandmother Pamela Hall says he feels his “time is running out”, according to reports in the BBC. Aiden has reportedly told his family the UK has not made contact with the DPR and that he will be executed if they do not receive a response.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick said: “I am in regular contact with the Foreign Secretary and I have been assured that this is being discussed with the Ukrainian government at the very highest level. There remains a small window of opportunity for a prisoner exchange to be agreed between Ukraine and Russia.

Read more: Nottingham protest organised for the release of Aiden Aslin and other prisoners

“Again, I must stress that, contrary to the Kremlin’s propaganda, Aiden Aslin is not a mercenary. He has been living in Ukraine and serving in its armed forces long before Russia’s illegal invasion, and as a prisoner of war he is entitled to protection under the Geneva Convention.”

A protest by The Nottingham Ukraine Solidarity Campaign will be taking place in Nottingham on Sunday, June 26 for the release of Aiden and the other prisoners. The protest will take place at 10:30am at Old Market Square.

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