Andrew Hill, 35, from Plymouth, faces the death penalty and is one of three captured Britons currently on trial in the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic for ‘monstrous crimes’
Image: Zvezda TV/east2west news)
Russia is seeking to link a captured British combat to a ‘mass grave’ allegedly containing 280 civilian corpses near Bucha in Ukraine.
A state news agency claimed to show a “newspaper” belonging to British fighter Andrew Hill, 35, who surrendered to Vladimir Putin’s forces.
The Plymouth father-of-four is facing the death penalty and is one of three Britons currently on trial in the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic.
And the three Britons have been warned they could be executed for “monstrous crimes”, even though their trial has only just begun.
Mr Hill did not appear in the dock alongside Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, when they were televised from the court cage on Tuesday.
Andrew Hill/east2west news)
A RIA Novosti report said today: ‘The coordinates of a burial site, believed to be civilians, have been found in the diary of British mercenary Andrew Hill, who was taken prisoner by the Russian army during a operation in Ukraine.”
However, there was no evidence as the diary belonged to Hill. The log supposedly reads: “East or south. 280 civilian mass graves.”
The coordinates are given on the previous page in different ink and it is not clear that the two entries are related.
Another comment read: ‘No stable income – savings are running out.’
RIA Novosti suggests that the coordinates are “between the towns of Irpin and Bucha, possibly Vokzalnaya Street in Irpin”.
The three are feared to face justice from rebels in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which, unlike Russia and Ukraine, appears poised to sentence captives to death.
Last month, Mr Hill was forced to read a humiliating ‘confession’ to his involvement in ‘war crimes’ in a sickening video released by Russian forces.
Russian TV presenter Olga Skabeyeva claimed British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab’s comments indicate Britain recognizes the DPR puppet regime.
“Britain wants to appeal the possible death sentence of two Britons in the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic],” she says.
Zvezda TV/east2west news)
“Dominic Raab made a request.
“We come to the conclusion that the UK has recognized the DPR, and that is fine.”
In fact, Raab had said on LBC: “As far as this matter is concerned, I don’t know all the details, but of course we would expect the laws of armed conflict to be respected, and we will make sure to do so. all the necessary representations”.
He added: “I know the Foreign Office will seek to ensure that all of these representations are made.