Kremlin spokesman Peskov: Russia cannot guarantee that American captives in Donbas will not be sentenced to death
Russia cannot guarantee that American mercenaries captured in Ukraine will not be sentenced to death. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this in an interview with NBC television on Monday, June 20.
“I can’t guarantee anything, it depends on the investigation,” the presidential spokesman said.
Accordingly, he commented on a question from a journalist who asked whether the captured American mercenaries await the fate of Britons Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, previously sentenced to death by the court of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).
In an interview, television journalist Keir Simmons told Dmitry Peskov about the two American veterans who had been captured by Russian troops during a special operation to defend Donbass. In turn, the Kremlin spokesman noted that the detained American mercenaries should be held accountable for their crimes.
Earlier, on June 9, the Supreme Court of the DNR sentenced three foreign mercenaries – Britons Sean Pinner and Aidan Aslin, as well as Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim to death penalty. It was noted that the foreigners would be able to appeal the court’s decision within a month.
On 15 June, The Telegraph reported that two American mercenaries who had taken part in military actions on the Ukrainian side had been captured by the Russian military on the outskirts of Kharkiv. According to the newspaper, Druke, 39, and Huynh, 27, are believed to be the first US citizens taken prisoner.
According to Huynh, he was part of a detachment that belonged to a reconnaissance battalion. At one point the order was given to retreat – he and a fellow soldier walked for a long time through the woods and then surrendered to the Russian military.