Russians taunt captured hero Brit fighter telling him Ukrainians wanted him DEAD in sick propaganda stunt

A CAPTURED Brit volunteer fight has been taunted by the Russians who told him the Ukrainians wanted him dead as a martyr.

Former British Army soldier Shaun Pinner, 48, is seen being paraded in a TV interview in which he was told his death could be used to make him a hero for Ukraine.

Shaun is the second British volunteer fighter to be paraded by Russian forces after being captured in Mariupol, following Aiden Aslin.

The video was part of an interview with Andrey Rudenko, who works closely with the Russian state TV.

Shaun's words were subtitled in Russian but his original speech was not audible. 

Rudenko told an exhausted looking told an exhausted-looking Shaun that his unit didn't "have a single chance"to reach safety.

“The servicemen of the 36th brigade say their command specially sent them to be killed in order to make heroes out of them later,” Rudenko told Shaun.


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In the report Shaun's words were not audible but he is quoted as saying: “I had no idea, we were abandoned. I do not know who took such a decision."

In another clip suggesting he is caught up in Russia’s propaganda campaign against Ukraine and the west, he reportedly said that “he doesn't want war and wants to go home”.

According to the broadcast, Shaun told Rudenko there was “panic” among Ukrainian soldiers defending the factory area of Mariupol on Tuesday morning.

“It was decided we move from the factory, but we did not know exactly where. At about 4am we left the factory,” he said.

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“It was very dark. We took the injured with us.  Everyone started running in different directions.

“My commander seems to have disappeared. I still don't know what happened to those who were there with me.”

Rudenko also interrogated Aiden, who surrendered after his unit ran out of food and ammunition in the city.

The 28-year-oldwas paraded on Russian TV on Thursday after he was captured by Putin's troops, with a gash across his forehead and an eye half-closed.

Shaun, who previously served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, is originally from Bedfordshire.

He moved to Mariupol four years ago to be with his second wife Larysa and joined the Ukrainian Army as a "contract soldier".

Shaun was previously videoed fighting alongside the Ukrainians at the start of the war.

Russian propagandists claimed he had been killed in Mariupol at the end of last month but sources told The Sun he had been injured and was in a field hospital.

The former care worker, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was humiliated by state media as he was pictured for the first time handcuffed, battered and bruised.

It comes as the wife of a pal of Vladimir Putin arrested in Ukraine called for him to be swapped with Aidan and Shaun.

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In a chilling warning Rudenklo said: "I am sure that he will be able to shed light on the actions of Western intelligence agencies in Ukraine."

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has been approached for comment/

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