After his Ukrainian army surrendered in Mariupol, the family of the exclusive ‘captured’ British soldier pleads with the Russian army to treat him in a ‘humane and dignified manner’ as they have no food or ammunition
- A British soldier fighting in Mariupol says he has ‘no choice but to surrender’
- He mingled with Ukrainian marines and said his troops were surrounded
- As the Russians advanced, they ran out of food and ammunition
- An estimated 10,000 civilians were killed in this important port city
- Aiden Aslin, 28, moved to Ukraine in 2018 and has been in the war
- He fought ISIS in Iraq and was arrested after returning home
The family of a British soldier who fought for the Ukrainian army has told how he called them from the front in the middle of the night to say he had surrendered to the Russian army because he ran out of food and ammunition.
Former paramedic Aiden Aslin, 28, who moved to Ukraine in 2018 after falling in love with a woman from Mykolaiv, was killed while defending Mariupol against Vladimir Putin’s army. catch.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail from his home in Newark, Nottinghamshire, Mr Aslin’s brother Nathan Wood pleaded for the Kremlin to look after him.
Mr Wood, 25, said: “We don’t have much information at this stage. What we do know is that Aiden’s force commander has been in constant contact with his counterparts in the Russian army to negotiate a possible surrender.”
Nathan Wood (right) asked the Kremlin to take care of his brother Aiden Aslin (left), who called his family from the front in the middle of the night to say he had surrendered to Russian troops because he had no food and ammunition.
“Aiden called me at 3am this morning and said they had to lay down their weapons because of a lack of food and ammunition.
“It was a very brief call when we were interrupted, but I could tell from the tone of his voice that he wasn’t happy.
“As a family, we don’t want to say too much because Aiden’s well-being and safety are our paramount concerns, but President Putin has issued a dire warning to those in the West fighting for Ukrainian troops.
“Aiden is called a mercenary, but that’s not the case, he joined the Ukrainian army four years ago and holds dual citizenship.
“If the Russians do capture Aiden, we want to remind them of the Geneva Conventions and treat him and other soldiers in a humane and dignified manner.
Aiden Aslin is a former paramedic who fought against Isis in Syria.Now he says his troops will have to surrender to the Russians
Aiden Aslin, 28, moved to Ukraine in 2018 after falling in love with a woman from Mykolaiv, a Black Sea port near Odessa.Now in his fourth year in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, he was due to marry this spring and complete his service in September
“This is a worrying time for our family. Russia has a great reputation for dealing with prisoners. Those soldiers from Snake Island, they told the Russians ‘fuck you’, they talked about before they were released tortured.
‘Aiden is likely to be used by the Russians as a propaganda tool and to be shown off. We just hope they don’t do anything drastic. We want him to be safe,” he added.
A British soldier who fought alongside the Ukrainian navy in Mariupol said his troops had no choice but to surrender to the Russians.
Aiden Aslin, a 28-year-old former paramedic who moved to Ukraine in 2018 after falling in love with a woman from Mykolaiv, said troops were running out of supplies as the Russians approached.
It was previously claimed Russia used chemical weapons dropped from drones over Mariupol last night as Putin continued its brutal attack on the strategic port city.
“Forty-eight days have passed and we have done our best to defend Mariupol, but we have no choice but to surrender to the Russian army,” Aslin said in a message posted on Twitter via a contact.
“We have no food and no ammunition. Everyone is happy and I hope this war ends soon.
The post added: “We are posting this after direct consultation with his family. Unless we are told we will continue to work hard to share the facts of the war. Hoping to exchange prisoners.
Aslin, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, is now in his fourth year in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and was due to marry this spring and complete his service in September.
Aslin had previously fought against ISIS in Iraq for ten months. But when he returned in 2016, he was arrested.
He was held for 30 hours after officials boarded his plane at Heathrow, where his family eagerly awaited his arrival.
Authorities escorted him directly to Nottinghamshire Police headquarters for questioning over alleged terrorism offences.
When Russia launched its brutal invasion, Aslin was stationed in the Donbas region, where separatists and Ukrainian armed forces have been at war since 2014.
An estimated 10,000 civilians were killed by Putin’s forces in Mariupol, where the worst fighting of the war took place.
According to Mayor Vadim Boichenko, the bodies are now “covering the streets and alleys”.
He accused Russian troops of blocking humanitarian convoys that had tried to enter the city for weeks, in part to cover up the massacre. Bojchenko said the death toll in Mariupol alone could exceed 20,000.
Soldiers of the pro-Russian army drive an armored vehicle on a road outside the southern port city of Mariupol during the Ukraine-Russia conflict
Boychenko also provided new details on allegations by Ukrainian officials that Russian troops brought mobile cremation equipment to Mariupol to process the bodies of siege victims.
Boychenko said Russian troops have taken many of the bodies to a huge shopping mall with storage facilities and refrigerators.
“The mobile crematorium arrives in trucks: you open it, there’s a pipe in it, and the bodies are burned,” he said.
Boychenko was speaking from a location outside the Ukrainian-controlled area but outside Mariupol.
The mayor said he had several sources describing the methodical burning of bodies by Russian troops in the city, but did not elaborate further on his sources.
The discovery of a large number of apparently executed civilians after Russian troops retreated from towns around the capital Kyiv has drawn widespread condemnation and assertions that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine.
The British Ministry of Defence said that Russian troops would continue to withdraw from Belarus to support operations in eastern Ukraine, focusing on the Donbas region, which is claimed by Russian-allied separatists as independent.
A view shows the theater buildings destroyed during the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol
Fighting in eastern Ukraine will intensify over the next two to three weeks as Russia continues to shift its attention there, the ministry said in a tweet.
“Russian attacks remained concentrated on Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Luhansk, with further fighting near Kherson and Nikolayev, and a renewed push towards Kramatorsk.”
U.S. officials also pointed to further signs that Russian forces were preparing for a major offensive in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, which shifted focus after the initial failed attempt to capture Kyiv.
Since 2014, the Donbass have been suffering from a firefight between allied Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, with Russia acknowledging the separatists’ claims of independence.
Russian leaders appear to want local support, logistics and terrain in the Donbass to favor Russia’s larger and better-equipped military, which has the potential to give Russian troops more territory and weaken Ukraine’s combat effectiveness, military strategists said.
Russia has appointed a seasoned general to lead its new push in the eastern Donbass.
On Monday, a senior U.S. defense official described a long Russian convoy now heading for the eastern city of Izum, with artillery, aviation and infantry support, as part of a Russian campaign in which redeployment appears imminent.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said more artillery was being deployed near the city of Donetsk, while ground combat troops withdrawn from the Kyiv and Chernihiv areas appeared destined to be refitted before being stationed in Donbass. and supplies. Military Assessment.
An estimated 10,000 civilians were killed by Putin’s forces in Mariupol, the deadliest battle of the war
With its offensive setback in many parts of the country, the Russian military has increasingly relied on bombing cities — a strategy that has leveled many urban areas and killed thousands.
Nearly two-thirds of Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since the Russian invasion began, the UN children’s agency said. The United Nations has confirmed that 142 children were killed and 229 injured, but the actual number is likely to be much higher.
Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian troops of atrocities, including a massacre in the town of Bha outside Kyiv, an airstrike on a hospital and a missile attack on a train station last week that killed at least 57 people.
In Butcha, the exhumation of bodies from mass graves in the cemetery has resumed.
Galyna Feoktistova waited for hours in the cold and rain, hoping to find her 50-year-old son, who was shot dead more than a month ago, but eventually went home to keep warm.
“He’s still there,” said her surviving son, Andrei.
In Mariupol, some 120,000 civilians desperately need food, water, warmth and communication, the mayor said.
Boychenko said only those residents who passed through Russia’s “filtering camps” would be released from the city.
Ukrainian officials say Russian troops are confiscating the passports of Ukrainian citizens before transferring them to camps in the separatist-held east of Ukraine before sending them to far-flung economically depressed regions of Russia.
Those who did not pass the “filter” had been transferred to temporary prisons, Boychenko said on Monday. He said 33,000 or more people were brought to separatist territory in Russia or Ukraine.
Russia denies moving people against their will.
President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Ukrainians that Russia could use chemical weapons in Mariupol. “We’re taking this as seriously as possible,” Zelensky said in his evening remarks on Monday.
Western leaders warned even before Russian troops entered Ukraine that Russia could use unconventional weapons there, especially chemical agents.
Eduard Basurin, a separatist official allied with Russia, appeared to be urging their use on Monday, telling Russian state television that Russian-backed forces should first block all exports from the factory to seize Mariupol from Ukrainian forces of a giant metal factory. “Then we’ll use chemical forces to suck them out of there,” he said.
A Ukrainian regiment also claimed Monday, without evidence, that a drone dropped a toxic substance on Mariupol. It showed no serious injuries.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the United States could not confirm the drone report from Mariupol. But Kirby noted that the government has been concerned “that Russia may use various riot control agents in Ukraine, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents.”
Western military analysts say Russia’s offensive is increasingly focused on an arc of territory from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the north, to Kherson in the south.
However, doubts remain over whether the depleted and demoralized Russian army will be able to conquer much of the territory after the staunch Ukrainian defenders have repelled their offensive in Kyiv.
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