A British soldier in prison shares treatment for Western fighters after being captured by Russian troops in Ukraine.
Aiden Aslin, 28, revealed he was told by a Russian kidnapper that his loss of life could be “quick or good” and said his handling was “worse than a dog”.
Aisling instructs the United Kingdom sunday solar Forced to sing the Russian national anthem, he was overwhelmed during his 5 months and was even stabbed by his kidnappers.
The British soldier is believed to be one of hundreds of international fighters in Ukraine. After the war broke out, some 20,000 people from 52 countries volunteered to fight against Russia, according to Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuela.
Aslin was arrested after the siege of Mariupol in April and was later taken to the separatist Donetsk region. There, he claimed to be held in a 4-foot-by-6-foot cell full of cockroaches and lice.
In the interview, Eslin said his arresters quickly discovered he was not Ukrainian after they checked his passport after his arrest.
He told The Sun: “The soldier asked in Russian, ‘Where are you from?’ I told him I was from England and he slapped me.
“They separated me from the others and started interviewing me in the back of an armoured vehicle.
“I went to my commander and said, ‘Look, I’m going to be kidnapped and they’ll probably kill me, notify my family when you come out, I like them when you come out.
He then said he was repeatedly overwhelmed throughout the interrogation, even threatening to cut off his ears.
Describing the encounter with the kidnapper, Aslin said, “He said, ‘Did you see what I did to you?’ He pointed at me again, confirmed his knife to me, and I noticed he stabbed me.
“Then he asked me, ‘Would you like to lose your life quickly or happily?’ I replied in Russian: “Quickly lost. “No, you’ll have a pleasant loss of life…I’ll make sure it’s a pleasant loss of life,” he said with a smile. “
Aslin was one of 10 Western nationals launched under a prison swap deal brokered by former Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich and Saudi officials.
Among the many freed prisoners were US veterans Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27, both from Alabama.
In a press release to CBS 42, Drueke’s aunt Dianna Shaw said: “We are pleased to announce that Alex and Andy are free. They are safely in the custody of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia and may be arrested after medical evaluation and debriefing. Send back to the US.
“We greatly respect everyone’s prayers, especially the close communication and assistance of our elected officials, Ukrainian Ambassador Malakrova, and members of our U.S. embassies and U.S. Department of State in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.”
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Russia is stepping up its fight after President Vladimir Putin proposed a mobilization order to mobilize some 300,000 troops.
Separatist regions of Ukraine have also started a referendum to change to become part of Russia. The United States and many different countries condemned the referendum and refused to recognize it.
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