UK's Truss slams Donetsk death sentence on British men

STORY: Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Thursday (June 9).

"The judgement against them is an egregious breach of the Geneva convention," Truss said in a tweet after she spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to discuss efforts to secure the release of prisoners of war held by Russian proxies.

Britain is prioritizing talking to Ukraine rather than Russia on the situation of the two British men, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Friday.

Russia's foreign ministry said Britain's reaction to the sentences was hysterical, and that Britain should appeal to the self-proclaimed DPR authorities about the soldiers.

Britain does not recognize the DPR and the Ukrainian government has no control over the parts of eastern Ukraine that the separatists hold. Russia has deployed massive firepower in the region to extend the reach of the separatists as part of its invasion of Ukraine, which it terms a "special operation."

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