Andrew Hill: Wounded Briton captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state television

Footage showing a wounded British man who has been captured in Ukraine has been broadcast on Russian state television.

The clip, released by Moscow’s Defense Ministry, showed the man with a bandaged left arm, a temporary bandage around his head and blood on his right arm.

During the apparent interrogation of the Russian military, the man said, “I do not have a rank … I just know that the Foreign Legion said I could help.”

He spoke with a British accent, saying his name was Andrew Hill, that he was from Plymouth, and that he had four children and a partner.

Hill said he had traveled alone and of his own free will to help Ukraine, enter the country from Poland and help refugees near the border before being contacted to “help further” in the country.

Da Mr. Hill asked if he was safe, one of the Russians replied, “Yes, you are absolutely safe.” They said he would get medical attention for his injuries, which appeared to include a gunshot wound.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has claimed that Hill “laid down his arms and surrendered” to Russian troops in Ukraine’s southwestern Mykolaiv region, where Scott Sibley – a 36-year-old British military veteran – was reportedly killed yesterday while fighting Vladimir. Putin’s strengths.

The ministry claimed that the “group of mercenaries” whom Mr. Hill reportedly fought in, was defeated.

In the footage, he can be heard saying that he had been part of a group of seven people. Asked who had given them orders, Mr Hill said they had received “very minimal” information and were not told “very much at all, if anything”.

A Russian man who spoke in the footage said he could not say when Hill could return to England, but added: “You can be sure that nothing is endangering your life.”

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is believed to be investigating reports of a British citizen being detained by Russia and supporting their family.

Hill is the third British citizen to be paraded on Russian state television in recent weeks, with Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, captured by Moscow troops in the devastated city of Mariupol earlier this month.

Aslin’s relatives condemned allegations that he was a “volunteer, mercenary or spy,” as “propaganda” issued by the Kremlin, saying: “Aiden made plans for his future outside the military, but like all Ukrainians, his life was turned upside down by Putin. barbaric invasion.He has played his part in defending Ukraine’s right to self-determination.

“The video of Aiden speaking under duress and apparently suffering physical injuries is deeply disturbing. The use of images and videos of prisoners of war is in violation of the Geneva Convention and must stop.”

The FCDO has previously said that Mr Pinner had also lived in Ukraine before the invasion.

Ukrainian authorities estimated in March that at least 20,000 people from 52 different countries had come to help them defend themselves against Mr Putin’s invasion, at which time the British Ministry of Defense said “a small number” of soldiers had traveled to Awol. despite orders not to travel. to Ukraine.

Official advice in the UK was initially confused and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was forced to return to her claim that she “would absolutely support” British citizens who would defend Ukraine, after Defense Minister Ben Wallace said he did not ” want to see British people killed more than I want to see Ukrainians ”.

Additional reporting from Reuters

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