The agency quoted an unnamed DPR official as saying, “An investigation is now underway against British mercenaries Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill. They have been charged with the same charges as the three mercenaries previously convicted. One Investigation is on and charges have been brought.”
The DPR is a pro-Russian region in the east of Ukraine that is not recognized internationally.
Britain’s Foreign Office condemned the “exploitation” of prisoners for political purposes and said it had taken up the issue with the Russian government.
“We are in constant contact with the government of Ukraine on his affairs and are fully supporting Ukraine in its efforts to release him,” a spokesman said.
On 9 June, Britain’s Aiden Aslin and Sean Piner, along with Moroccan national Brahim Sadouane, were sentenced to death by a court in the DPR after being found guilty of being “mercenaries” for Ukraine, Russian state media reported at that time.
DPR officials said the men were foreign fighters who were arrested in April by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti, said Piner, Aslin and Saadoun would be shot by firing squad and had until July 9 to file an appeal.
Acting on behalf of her client, Pinner’s lawyer, Yulia Tserkovnikova, said on Friday that she would appeal for clemency and leniency on humanitarian grounds to stop. But Serkovnikova said she would not challenge the guilty verdict decided by the court.
The Donetsk News Agency quoted Serkovnikova as saying, “We will appeal to humanity, because the guilt of my client has been fully proved by the court. It is not necessary to say that the complaint will be based on any evidence of innocence.” ” ,
On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg granted Pinner and Aslin “interim measures”, asking the Russian Federation to ensure that the death penalty is not carried out.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Federation no longer follows the ECHR’s instructions, and suggested the court to contact the DPR directly.