THE family of captured British hero Aiden Aslin have furiously dismissed Russian claims he is a spy and urged the Foreign Office to take action.
The 28-year-old from Newark, Nottinghamshire, surrendered after his unit ran out of food and ammunition in the besieged city of Mariupol.
The former orderly was humiliated on Russian television after being captured by Putin’s forces was pictured with handcuffs, punches and bruises.
Aiden, who served with the 39th Brigade of Ukrainian Marines and previously fought ISIS in Syria, is likely to be used for Russian propaganda but could eventually be released in a prisoner swap.
And now his brother Nathan Wood has urged the Foreign Office to take action amid fears his brother is being treated as a spy.
Nathan, 25, recounted this people on Sunday: “You’re crazy that Aidan is a mercenary and a spy, but he’s not, absolutely not. You have no proof. It’s all lies.
“You have no evidence. They’re trying to make an example of him.”
He added: “We have major concerns and fears, especially if he is being treated as a mercenary and not a prisoner of war.
“The Russian authorities will have had his documents when they seized him, they will know he is a Ukrainian soldier fighting lawfully.”
Aiden’s family has urged the government to bring Aiden home and Nathan said: ‘You can’t stand by and leave it to the Ukrainians. It is also Britain’s responsibility.”
In a sign that has Aiden tortured into saying things, the soldier was asked if his unit had killed “peaceful people” during a TV interview.
He replied, “I think you’re right.
“From day one MariupolI’ve always said that we have to go because… Donbass is recognized as independent, as is Luhansk.
“If Ukraine really wanted to avoid this conflict, they could have just said, ‘okay, we’ll go’ and recognized their independence – and Crimea.”
Aiden had previously warned that he would be used for “bulls**t propaganda”.
Tonight another British volunteer fighter was paraded by Russians after being captured in Mariupol and also branded a mercenary.
A frightening video shows ex-squaddie Shaun Pinner, 48, explaining he was captured in Ukraine.
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In the clip shared by axiomfeatures the brave soldier wearing a blue hoodie and looking tired.
He says: “Hi, I’m Shaun Pinner, I’m a British citizen.
“I was captured in Mariupol. I am part of the 36th Brigade of the First Battalion of the Ukrainian Naval Infantry.
“I fought in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I’m in the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
The clip was posted on Twitter with the caption: “Another mercenary was caught in Mariupol.
“Shaun Pinner is an English mercenary. He says he doesn’t need the war anymore and wants to go home. He can’t make it home.
“Captured Ukrainian soldiers testify to the atrocities committed by foreign mercenaries. And after the trial, they face the death penalty.”
Meanwhile, prisoner Viktor Medvedchuk’s wife, 67, requested his exchange with Aidan.
Oxana Marchenko says in her video address: “I, Oxana Marchenko, wife of opposition politician, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Viktor Medvedchyuk, address the relatives of captured British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner,” she says.
“It is within your power to ask your country’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to influence the Ukrainian leadership and secure the release of Aiden and Shaun through their exchange for … my husband Viktor Medvedchyuk.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18286797/family-brit-hero-aiden-aslin-deny-russian-claims-spy/ The family of British hero Aiden Aslin, captured in Ukraine, furiously denies Russian claims that he is an “enemy spy”.