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A British volunteer captured by Russian troops was taunted on TV and told that Ukrainians want him to die as a martyr.
Ex-British Army soldier Shaun Pinner, 48, was serving as a 'contract soldier' with Ukrainian forces in Russian-occupied Mariupol as the area has been decimated by shelling.
He claims to have been there for five to six weeks before being paraded in a TV interview and being told by an interview with Russian-state TV journalist Andrey Rudenko that his death would make him a hero of Ukraine.
Rudenko told Shaun: "The servicemen of the 36th brigade say their command specially sent them to be killed in order to make heroes out of them later."
Shaun's response was not audible but the subtitles read: "I had no idea, we were abandoned. I do not know who took such a decision."
The news comes after it was announced that Shaun had told the military TV channel that he didn't want war and wanted to go home.
He said: "I am Shaun Pinner. I am a citizen of the United Kingdom. I was captured in Mariupol. I am part of the 36th brigade, 1st Battalion Ukrainian Marine.
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"I was fighting in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I am in the Donetsk People's Republic."
The clip posted on Twitter carried the caption: "Another mercenary was caught in Mariupol. Shaun Pinner is an English mercenary.
"He says that he no longer needs the war and he wants to go home. He won't make it home."
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It was announced yesterday (Saturday, April 16) that Pinner now faces interrogation by the Russian Investigative Committee but he has allegedly told Russians that "he doesn't want war and wants to go home.".
Concerns were raised for his safety as it was feared he could be treated as a spy after he had also been fighting in Ukraine.
His fate remains in the hands of Russian officials.
- Russia Ukraine war
- Vladimir Putin
- British Army
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