‘It’s been a pleasure!’ Plucky British fighter captured by Russians in defiant message | World | News

In a message on Twitter written on his behalf, 28-year-old Aiden, “Johnny”, Aslin mentioned that his unit had been compelled to give up after working out of meals and ammunition.

It mentioned: “We’ve gotten word from Johnny: ‘It’s been 48 days, we tried our best to defend Mariupol but we have no choice but to surrender to Russian forces. We have no food and no ammunition. It’s been a pleasure everyone, I hope this war ends soon.'”

Mariupol, a port in southeastern Ukraine on the Azov Sea, is the nation’s most besieged metropolis the place an estimated 21,000 individuals have been killed by Russian forces.

The care employee from Newark in Nottinghamshire, beforehand fought towards the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria earlier than shifting to Ukraine in 2018, the place he serves in the nation’s marines.

His household hopes he might change into a part of a prisoner alternate. The assertion continued: “We’re putting this out after direct consultation with his family. Until we’re told otherwise we’ll continue working on sharing the facts of the war. Hope for a prisoner exchange.”

One of his buddies wrote on Instagram: “He is surrendering to Russians which is only slightly better than surrendering to the Chechens. Their commander will be meeting them soon. Please Lord have mercy.”

Mr Aslin is engaged to a Ukrainian lady who informed The Telegraph that he was in a “positive frame of mind and even managed to crack jokes when he phoned her to tell her on Tuesday morning.”

The lady, who requested anonymity, mentioned: “When I heard the news I felt like the world had fallen in. It was like I was the one being taken prisoner. He was reassuring me, saying everything would be alright.

“It is hard, because since March 1 they were trying to save food and ammunition. They were completely isolated and they didn’t know how long they would have to hold out. But bit by bit they ran out of everything.”

Robert Jenrick, Mr Aslin’s native MP, has mentioned he was working along with his household and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to ascertain his whereabouts and safe his launch.

He mentioned: “I’ve known Aiden and his family for many years. He is an unusually brave and determined young man. He has fought with immense courage, most recently at the siege of Mariupol.”

A recording of a phone call shared on social media, appears to document a phone call between Mr Aslin and an American volunteer. In it, Aslin says: “They’re [Russians] in all probability gonna use me for f***ing bullshit propaganda. They’re already searching for me . . . We’ve been making an attempt [to leave] for the previous three weeks.”

The brigade Mr Aslin fought with introduced that they have been coping with a “mountain of wounded”.

But Mariupol’s deputy mayor, Serhiy Orlov, insisted on Monday night time that Ukrainian forces have been holding out towards Putin’s military.

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