Family of British soldier captured by Russian army awaits his safe return

The family of the British soldier who was captured by the Russian army in the besieged city of Mariupol has been waiting desperately for his return. The soldier was fighting for the Ukrainian army when he was taken as prisoner of war.

Shaun Pinner, 48, has now been transferred to Donetsk. Russian media recently released a short propaganda video of him wherein he appears tired and bruised.

He says: “Hi, I’m Shaun Pinner. I am a citizen of the UK. I was captured in Mariupol. I am part of the 36 Brigade First Battalion Ukrainian Marines. I was fighting in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I’m in Donetsk People’s Republic.”

Now his family have issued a statement rejecting the reports which claimed that he was a mercenary. They said that he was serving within the Ukrainian Army when he was captured by Russian forces. “Shaun was a well-respected soldier within the British Army serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment for many years,” read the statement.

“He progressed into the Ukrainian Marines as a proud member of his unit. At the end of 2022 his three years contract is due to end and he was planning to enter a humanitarian role within Ukraine.”