Story Russian special operation in Donbass and Ukraine
Captured British mercenary John Harding, who faces the death penalty for participating in hostilities on the side  ;Ukrainian National Guard, turned to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for help.
“If you can help, if you can influence the president Zelensky, to the head of the DPR or to President Putin, please do it. People's lives depend on it. If you can please help. Otherwise, I face the death penalty. My friends are facing execution, — Harding said in an interview with Marina Kim, published on her Telegram channel.
The man burst into tears in front of the camera, saying that where he is being held, two Britons have already shooting.
It's about mercenaries from the UK Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin,sentenced in June by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) to death. According to the head of the DPR Denis Pushnilin, they have a month to appeal the verdict. As a pardon, the death penalty can be replaced by life imprisonment or imprisonment for 25 years.
What is known about John Harding?
According to the BBC, Harding is about 60 years old. He comes from the English city of Sunderland. On the territory of Donbass, the man has been fighting since 2018 as part of the National Guard of Ukraine. He said that he went to Ukraine to put into practice the skills of a medical instructor.
Harding — veteran of the Falklands War of 1982 (a land conflict between Great Britain and Argentina), as well as a participant in the war in Syria on the side of the Kurds . For the past several years, Harding has served in the Azov Battalion. — an extremist organization banned in Russia.
At home, the Briton's daughter Katherine is waiting. In an interview, the mercenary admitted that he spent little time with her, which he regrets very much.
Harding surrendered to the allied forces in May 2022, during the operation to liberate the Azovstal metallurgical plant. in Mariupol from Ukrainian militants.
Currently, the mercenary is in a prison on the territory of the DPR and awaiting a court decision. The British Foreign Office is in touch with him.
Sources: t.me/KIMMARINA/789, theguardian.com/, news.sky.com/
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