Fear of a hero Brit fighting on the Ukraine front has grown after his unit was forced to surrender to the Russians in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Former carer Aiden Aslin, 27, contacted his family in the early hours and announced they had run out of food and ammunition.
Aiden, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, serves with the 39th Brigade of the Ukrainian Marines and has been posting videos from the front lines since the beginning of the war.
He said to a mate: “It’s been 48 days. We tried our best to defend Mariupol, but we have no choice but to surrender to Russian forces.
“We have no food and no ammunition. It was a pleasure for everyone, I hope this war ends soon.”
A source who spoke to him added: “He said he loves you all. He has a strong spirit and showed no weakness at all.
“He surrenders to the Russians, which is only marginally better than surrendering to the Chechens.
“Your commander will meet you soon. Please Lord have mercy.”
Aiden volunteered in 2018 to fight alongside the heroic defenders of Ukraine.
And the brave Brit extended his contract as tens of thousands of Russians gathered at the Ukrainian border ahead of their bloody invasion in February.
He previously said he was praying for the West to end Russia’s “endless civilian bombing.”
He said the Russians used it Artillery, rockets and Grad rockets and also carried out air raids.
Aiden added: “I hope we can hold out.
“Hopefully there’s a military attempt to break through from the other direction.”
In his latest video from Mariupol, Aiden, who was due to get married this month, confirmed that he is still alive and in the war-torn city that has been razed to the ground. He has since deleted his Instagram account.
There are also fears for his compatriot and ex-Squaddie Shaun Pinner, 48.
At the beginning of the war he was caught on video fighting alongside the Ukrainians.
Russian propagandists claimed he was killed in Mariupol late last month, but sources told The Sun he was injured and is in a field hospital.
Chris Garrett, who fought alongside Sean in Donbass in 2014, said: “He was wounded by shrapnel from a tank shell in Mariupol and is in a military hospital.
“I’ve just been told he’s not dead and I trust the people who have told me. They are British too.
“I hope your information is correct. It’s entirely possible that the photocopy of his passport that the Russians are circulating around was looted elsewhere and used for propaganda purposes.”
An ex-army friend of Shaun’s, originally from Bedfordshire, admitted: “It doesn’t look good but we just pray it’s Russian propaganda.”
Shaun, who moved to Mariupol four years ago to live with his second wife Larysa, said he fought as a “contract soldier” in the Ukrainian army.
The ex-squaddie, who previously served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, is among a small contingent of British nationals who have joined Ukrainian fighters on the front lines.
A friend of Shaun’s concerned family told The Sun: “We haven’t had direct contact with him since February. There was no communication.
“It was really unclear where he is and who he is with. Everyone is desperately worried and only hope that he is alive and well.
“We all want to know where this information on social media is coming from. Right now we’re just groping in the dark and hoping he’s okay.”
Fighting in Mariupol has intensified as the city is believed to be surrounded by Russian troops.
Ukrainian marines said in a Facebook post they are preparing for a “final battle” to defend the city’s port.
The 36th Marine Brigade statement said: “For more than a month without replenishment of ammunition, without food, without water, the Marines fought almost a varnish from the puddle and died in packs.
“Today there will likely be extreme combat… Next is death for some, but imprisonment for others,” the statement said, adding that the armed forces had defended the port for 47 days and “did everything possible and impossible.” to take back the city.
Denis Pushilin, head of Ukraine’s breakaway territory of Donetsk, later said: “As for the port of Mariupol, it is already under our control.”
According to Myhaylo Podolyak, an official in President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, Ukrainian forces in Mariupol were “surrounded and blocked”.
But on Monday, the army insisted that “the defense of Mariupol will continue.”
“Communication with the Defense Forces units heroically holding the city is stable and maintained,” Ukraine’s Land Forces wrote on Telegram.
The city’s mayor, Vadym Boychenko, said the death toll could top 20,000 and accused Russian forces of trying for weeks to block humanitarian convoys into the city, in part to hide the slaughter.
In the meantime, Russia was accused of using chemical weapons in Mariupol, which could be a red line for the West to deploy troops.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Britain and other allies were “urgently working” to verify the claims, warning: “Any use of such weapons would be a callous escalation in this conflict and we will hold Putin and his regime accountable.”
The British Ministry of Defense has previously proposed Russia could turn to the use of deadly phosphorus bombs amid attempts to break resistance in Mariupol.
Bombs containing white phosphorus have already been used over Kyiv and against troops in the east of the country, Ukrainian sources said.
Up to 90% of the city, which was home to 400,000 people before the war, has been destroyed or damaged after a month of heavy shelling Ukrainian authorities.
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