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Five British prisoners freed by Russia arrive in Britain – non-profit group

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LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Five British prisoners of war freed by Russia as part of an exchange with Ukraine have returned to Britain and are looking forward to spending time with their families, the state said on Thursday. non-profit organization Presidium Network.

The five are Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, John Harding, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill.

“Presidium Network is pleased that the five British nationals have returned safely and thanks all parties who helped to bring them back,” the organization said in a statement.

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“We know that all (…) (are) looking forward to normalcy with their families after this horrible ordeal.”

Presidium Network carries out relief work in Ukraine, including assistance with evacuations.

Aslin and Pinner were captured by Russian-backed forces in the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol in April and sentenced to death by a court in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, one of Russia’s proxies in the east of Ukraine.

They were found guilty, along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, of “mercenary activities and actions aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the DPR”, a sentence condemned by Ukraine and Great Britain .

Healy, a Briton providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine, was arrested in April alongside Paul Urey, who later died in custody. Harding and Hill had fought alongside Ukrainian forces and all three had denied being mercenaries in the Russian court by proxy.

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(Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper, editing by Paul Sandle and Gareth Jones)

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