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The family of hero Brit, who faces a firing squad in Ukraine, wants a prisoner swap to save his life

THE family of a British hero facing a firing squad in Ukraine want a prisoner swap to save his life.

Shaun Pinner, 46, and fellow countryman Aiden Aslin, 28, were sentenced to death in a kangaroo court in Russian-controlled Donetsk.

Faced with firing squad in Ukraine, Shaun Pinner's family want a prisoner swap to save his life

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Faced with firing squad in Ukraine, Shaun Pinner’s family want a prisoner swap to save his lifePhoto credit: East2West
Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim (centre) are behind bars in a Donetsk courtroom

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Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim (centre) are behind bars in a Donetsk courtroomCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

The former Royal Anglian soldier’s family say Russia claimed they were foreign mercenaries to deny them POW rights, including an independent lawyer, ahead of the “illegal show trial”.

In a statement, they said: “Our entire family is devastated.

“We sincerely hope that all parties will work together as a matter of urgency to ensure the safe release or replacement of Shaun.

Our family, including his son and his Ukrainian wife, love and miss him.”

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Shaun from Watford and Aiden from Newark, Notts served in the Marines of Ukraine.

They surrendered in April in the besieged port city of Mariupol after running out of ammunition.

Secretary of State Liz Truss condemned her conviction.

She said: “It is a sham judgment without any legitimacy. . . they are prisoners of war.”

Downing Street was “deeply concerned”.

Russia wants to exchange them for President Vladimir Putin’s buddy, Viktor Medvedchuk, who has been arrested by the Ukrainian secret service.

Shaun and Aiden – who were convicted along with 21-year-old Moroccan Sadun Brahim – have a month to appeal.

Ex-goalkeeper sees hell in attack

by Jerome Starkey

A FORMER Ukrainian football star wounded in the bombing of Russia’s Donbass said he thought his “eyes would explode” in a deadly artillery strike.

Ex-Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Svyatoslav Syrota was injured when a Russian shell exploded next to his bunker as Putin’s invaders took Popasna.

Syrota, 51, said all five members of his mortar team were wounded in the three-day attack.

Outside the hospital, he said: “All I remember is the flash, I don’t remember the sound.”

He had suffered a brain injury and kept falling.

He added: “I would take a few steps and collapse. It felt like my eyes would pop out of my head.”

Syrota escaped by clinging to the roof of an armored vehicle.

He said: “It was harder than being Spider-Man. I’m only here because of my sport.”

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