'No premise' to pardon Britons, Moroccan sentenced to death in Donetsk

STORY: A court in the breakaway republic last week found Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner - and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun - guilty of "mercenary activities" seeking to overthrow the republic.

Pushilin made his remarks at St Petersburg International Economic Forum, where he was representing the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic.

Donetsk and Luhansk are two breakaway Russian-backed entities in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, which Russia says it is fighting to remove entirely from Kyiv's control.

Three days before launching its "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised them as independent states, a move condemned by Ukraine and the West as illegal.

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