Second British soldier captured in Mariupol parades on Russian TV | Russia
A second British soldier fighting with the Ukrainian army was paraded by Russian television after being captured in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Shaun Pinner said he fought alongside Ukrainian marines when Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded nearly eight weeks ago.
The 48-year-old former British soldier appeared tired and bruised in a short propaganda video aired by Russian media on Saturday night.
He says: “Hi, I’m Shaun Pinner, I’m a citizen of the United Kingdom. I was captured in Mariupol. I am part of the 36th Brigade, First Ukrainian Marine Battalion.
“I fought in Mariupol for five or six weeks and now I am in the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
It is unknown when the video was shot or what led to Pinner’s capture. He was fighting alongside his friend Aiden Aslin, 28, of Nottinghamshire, who is thought to have surrendered to the Russian military last week after his battalion ran out of ammunition.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been in contact with Aslin’s family to support them. However, the UK’s ability to provide consular assistance or obtain information on British citizens in Ukraine is extremely limited due to the war.
Pinner, originally from Bedfordshire, is believed to have moved to Ukraine four years ago and lived with his wife in Donbas. The former soldier of the Royal Anglian Regiment said in January that he was stationed in trenches 10 miles from Mariupol.
He told the Mail on Sunday in January: “I am here to defend my family and my adopted city. Russia started this war. It is funded by Russia and led by Russia, but we will fight them, make no mistake about this. “
Pinner also spoke of his fear of capture: “I fear for my life. The Russians will treat us differently if we get caught because we are British. This is always in my mind, that I will be captured. “
He said that fighting in the trenches was “like hell”, with snipers frighteningly close. He added: “The separatists now use drones to drop bombs and mortars, along with automatic grenade launchers and [shoulder-fired] RPG rockets. Snipers are always present and there is small arms fire almost every day.
“Ukrainian forces respond if we believe our lives are threatened, while separatists seem to fire whenever they want.
“Sometimes it’s very scary, no matter how used to it. Sometimes you feel it [explosions] starts lower along the nip, then ripples through your stance. That’s why you have time to dive into cover, and you may sometimes get an early warning. Snipers are less than 600 meters away.