Boris Johnson rages at Putin parading British hostages ‘Rights violation’ | Politics | News
The Prime Minister has denounced the Russian treatment of two captured British men, Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, in Ukraine. Boris Johnson has slammed the Russian military for treating the two prisoners as hostages after they were captured during the battle for the city of Mariupol.
Mr Johnson told TalkTV: “Aiden and other British nationals who fought for the Ukrainian armed forces who were captured are not hostages, they are not there to be exchanged, you know, like if they were terrorists or whatever.
“They are prisoners of war and therefore entitled to rights under the Geneva Convention.
“Under the laws of war, they should not be paraded in front of the cameras.
“They shouldn’t be forced to give away hostage videos that violate their rights as POWs.”
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Facebook must remove a video of captured British soldier Aiden Aslin being taunted by the death penalty, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
Mr. Aslin was captured while fighting with the Ukrainian Armed Forces against Russia.
Mr Johnson said the withdrawal comes after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries spoke with Sir Nick Clegg, vice-president of global affairs at Facebook parent company Meta and a former UK deputy prime minister.
Mr Johnson told TalkTV: ‘Nadine Dorries called Facebook earlier today, she called Nick Clegg, and I understand Nick agreed to take that down.
The Prime Minister did not rule out a prisoner swap to free the British, but said his government could not “predict” any decisions that might be made by Ukraine’s leaders.
Mr Aslin’s family want Russia to release him after he appeared in a video asking to be part of a prisoner swap for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who is being held by Ukraine.
On the chances of a prisoner swap, Mr Johnson told The News Desk on TalkTV: “We will do what we can. This is clearly for the Ukrainians.
“They have the other person who is part of the equation. We can’t really anticipate what they might decide.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Britons captured fighting with Ukrainian armed forces in Mariupol of being “mercenaries”.
In a statement posted on social media, Russian Federation Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the British government had “disavowed British subjects who fell victim to British propaganda and traveled to Ukraine as mercenaries to kill people there”.
The statement went on to say that Russia was looking after British captives, who also include 48-year-old Shaun Pinner.
Urging the UK to stop the delivery of arms to Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry statement said of the British prisoners: “They are being given food and drink and any other aid they might need, as do other foreigners who have surrendered or been detained.”