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Moscow-backed separatists sentence British, Moroccan to death

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Escola destruída em Donetsk: separatistas no leste da Ucrânia são apoiados pela Rússia, mas não são reconhecidos pela comunidade internacional
School destroyed in Donetsk: separatists in eastern Ukraine are supported by Russia but not recognized by the international community| Photo: EFE/EPA/STR

A court in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, a separatist area in eastern Ukraine supported by the Russia, but not recognized by the international community, sentenced to death on Thursday (9) two Britons and a Moroccan who fought for Ukraine during the conflict started by the Russian invasion in of February.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote on Twitter that Aslin and Pinner are “prisoners of war” and that their trial was a process “ facade without any legitimacy”. The Moroccan government has yet to comment on the conviction of Brahim Saadoun.

Pro-Russian separatists proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, in , after the removal of a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine, which started a civil war.

The conflict was amplified from February this year, when Russia, three days after President Vladimir Putin recognized the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, invaded the neighboring country on the pretext of protecting ethnic Russians and “denazifying” Ukraine.

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