The head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin (pictured) told reporters today that he saw no reason to pardon foreign mercenaries sentenced to death in the republic, TASS reported, quoted by BTA.

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"Above all, I must be guided by the court's decision.

"Due to the nature of the members of the prosecution for the crimes they have committed, I see no grounds, no preconditions for coming out with a decision to pardon them," Pushilin said.

On Thursday, a DNR court sentenced Sean Piner and another Briton, Aidan Aslin, to death, as well as Moroccan Brahim Saadun, on charges of involvement in hostilities as part of Ukraine's armed forces as mercenaries.

The two Britons, Aidan Aslin, 28, and Sean Piner, 48, were captured by separatists in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in April.

According to media reports, they lived in Ukraine before the war and even got married there.

Together with Moroccan student Brahim Saadun, they were sentenced to death on Thursday by the DNR Supreme Court.

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have sentenced foreigners to death on the side of Kyiv

Challenging the right of DNR separatists to sentence mercenaries to death, Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Gaidai told the BBC that "all people who come to fight on Ukraine's side sign contracts with the Ukrainian armed forces and thus receive official status. "This means," he said, "that both British citizens are protected by the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War and cannot be sentenced to death, even if they are not Ukrainian citizens."

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