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Behind-the-scenes deal: What will London offer to Moscow so that the Kremlin will let Aslin and Pinner go?

In the photo: Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim, British citizens Aiden Eslin and Sean Pinner (left to right), accused of participating in hostilities as part of the Ukrainian armed formations as mercenaries

In the photo: Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim, British citizens Aiden Eslin and Sean Pinner (from left to right), accused of participating in hostilities as part of the Ukrainian armed formations as mercenaries (Photo: Volodymyr Gerdo / TASS)

The verdict on the British mercenaries Aiden Aslin I Sean Pinner became the topic number 1 for the newspapers of the Foggy Albion. “Two British prisoners of war from the “Foreign Legion” of Ukraine were sentenced to death,” writes the Daily Mail. “To survive two months of living underground in the hellhole of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol only to face a firing squad after a show trial is as cruel a fate as one can imagine.”

“Shawn appeared distraught and close to tears when the execution verdict was announced,” notes The Sun. “Aiden was more reserved.” The publication recalls that Sean, a former royal soldier from Bedfordshire, and Aiden, a former Newark care worker, have lived in Ukraine since 2018 and were professional hired soldiers in the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. So, in any case, they received money for their dirty work from the criminal Kyiv regime.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson angrily denounced the “sham” trial of two Britons on death row and admitted that his government was under intense pressure. Now for the newly appeared Chernihiv Cossack Boris Chuprin (such a nickname was given to him by the local community, who recently dedicated the head of the Cabinet of the Kingdom to the Cossacks) there is no more important task than the release of Aslin and Pinner, reports The Sun.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urgently dialed Dmitry Kuleba and demanded that the head of the yellow-blakyt diplomacy pull out Aslin and Pinner at any cost. After that, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Britain Vadym Prystaiko assured the British that mercenaries from Britain would be included in the next exchange list and made a priority even to the detriment of Ukrainian prisoners.

The Banderlogs are already yelling that foreigners are more important for the “Ze-team” than the hulks. Now everyone will be watching what rates Kyiv will offer. If Zelenskyfor example, he agrees to change the British, let’s say, for 10-20-30 Russians, which means that the same number of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will remain in Russian captivity. It is clear that this scheme will have the strongest demoralizing effect on the Ukrainian army.

The British Foreign Office has expressed concern that Moscow will insist that the British are foreign mercenaries, if only because they received money from Ukraine. London, apart from screams about “fictitious justice”, has no real arguments left.

According to the British press, the big question now is what the Johnson government should do to free Aslin and Pinner. Voices have already been raised about a rescue operation. No, the Britons will not send “the cream of their armed forces.” Special Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be thrown on a suicide mission, and Zelensky will easily go to this idiocy to show Johnson that he is doing his best. He has long treated Ukrainians like cannon fodder.

The experts noted that Aslin calmly met the verdict. According to The Sun newspaper, he has already been given “the good news, which is that Moscow allegedly considers them as valuable pawns in a chess game with Kyiv.” In Britain, for some reason, they believe that the exchange will take place in any case, albeit on conditions Putin.

The fact is that Johnson, during the last vote on a vote of no confidence, sat in the chair of the prime minister solely because of the Ukrainian case. They say, “Our prime minister’s stock has never been so shaky and only held up thanks to his push for arms shipments, including the highly effective Nlaw anti-tank weapons.”

Liz Truss seems to be very hopeful of a backroom deal. But is it necessary for the Kremlin, which has already begun to extract political dividends, they are wondering in the “square”. There is a version that the Russophobe Truss will be forced to come to bow to the leadership of the LDNR, which of course will have a bad effect on the image of Johnson’s cabinet.

In addition, the invasion of Western journalists in Donetsk to cover the Aslin-Pinner case may have the most negative effect on the Ze-team media workers. Whether they like it or not in Kyiv and London, Western mainstream media correspondents will have to deal with a local population that hates the Zelensky regime. As the Zhovto-Blakyt truth-tellers suggest, “the foreign press is necessarily reduced to the Nazis in order to once again show the world their fascist tattoos.” In theory, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will also have to stop shelling Donetsk from Avdiivka. Inadvertently, some New York Times is still bang.

If Johnson wants a behind-the-scenes game, then here too options are possible – from partial lifting of sanctions to a reduction in Western military assistance. “Britain risks losing its status as a stronghold of the anti-Russian alliance helping Ukraine if we pay too high a price for the freedom of Aslin and Pinner,” the Daily Mail notes.

According to Mark Almond, director of the Institute for Crisis Studies at Oxford, Johnson has little room for maneuver. Like, if he gives in, it’s bad, if he doesn’t give in, it’s even worse.

Almond, by the way, believes that the death sentence may not be a bluff, realizing that almost 20,000 mercenaries came to Ukraine. The execution of even one of them will cool the heads of many hot guys from the USA, Britain, Canada and so on.

In any case, we are talking about a very strong blow to Johnson, who already has a lot of problems at home. If the deal does not go through, and Aslin and Pinner face a firing squad, it will cost the career of the Chernigov Cossack Boris Chuprin in Britain. Johnson will not be forgiven for this.

What is interesting: Zelensky began to disperse the news through his media workers that he did not agree to the surrender of the “Azovites” * and the marines of the 36th brigade. Allegedly, the leadership of the encircled people in Azovstal received some kind of exchange guarantees from the Russian authorities. And then Moscow “threw” them.

In particular, Ukrayinska Pravda wrote about this immediately after the announcement of the verdict. Allegedly, the source of the publication said that the Ukrainians at the plant themselves coordinated the conditions of their captivity. Zelensky, in fact, smears “Azov” in the mud and tries to relieve himself of responsibility. This vile act in relation to their own soldiers clearly shows the essence of the “Ze-team”.

It makes sense to add people’s comments to the video of the sentenced Aslin, who posted his “confession” on YouTube.

“He (Aslin) never repented, he is not sorry for anything, he is sure that they will pull him out, and, in general, he never uttered a word of regret about his deed. This evil has no place on earth.”

“I hope the guys from the DPR will not flinch and the sentence will be carried out! So that those who are going to go on a Russian “safari” think a hundred times and save their lives. Yours and someone else’s.”

Surprisingly, even foreigners did not find words to justify the mercenaries.

Cupid Stunt: “If someone is not smart enough or not informed enough to make the right choice, then it’s not entirely their fault. But this guy (Aslin) is dangerous as hell, and other people shouldn’t put up with the narcissistic hero complex he fuels by killing people from countries he knows nothing about but still hates despite his ignorance.”

As they say, there is nothing to add.


* Images of chevrons of the battalion (regiment) “Azov” recognized in Russia as an extremist court decision from 30.11.2015 and included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials (p. 3269).

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