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2 British, one Moroccan POW sentenced to death by Russian-backed separatists; Moscow's chief rabbi flees: Ukraine live updates

Added 06-09-22 12:04:02pm EST - “Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by Russian-backed separatists for fighting on Ukraine's side. Live updates.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “2 British, one Moroccan POW sentenced to death by Russian-backed separatists; Moscow's chief rabbi flees: Ukraine live updates”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by firing squad Thursday by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine for fighting on Ukraine's side.

The Supreme Court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found the  men guilty of working toward a violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the republic recognized only by Russia – and only days before the invasion in February. They men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism.

“The guilty verdict is based on the evidence provided by the prosecution, not counting the defendants’ pleading guilty on all counts,” Judge Alexander Nikulin told reporters.

Prosecutors claimed that the three fighters are “mercenaries” who are not entitled to protections afforded prisoners of war. Aslin and Pinner’s families said the men have lived in Ukraine since 2018 and were “long-serving” members of the Ukrainian military.

Pinner and Aslin surrendered to pro-Russian forces in the southern port of Mariupol in mid-April, while Brahim did so in mid-March in the eastern city of Volnovakha.

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