It should be noted that the release took place through the mediation of the prince of Saudi Arabia. It was reported that five Britons, two Americans, a Croat, a Moroccan and a Swedish citizen were returned from captivity.
British lawmaker Robert Jerrick said that Aiden Aslin was among those fired. He was captured by the Russians earlier this year, and then sentenced to death by a court in the so-called “DPR”.
Russia also released 39-year-old US citizen Alexander Druke and 27-year-old Andy Gein. The men were captured in June during hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
Reuters could not immediately establish whether the freed group included Britons Sean Pinner and Moroccan-born Brahim Saadoun, who were also captured and sentenced to death in Donetsk.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde, confirmed that among those released was a Swedish citizen captured in the port of Mariupol, who was threatened with the death sentence under the laws of the “DNR”.
“I can confirm that the Swede, who was taken into custody by Russian troops in May, is free and on his way to Sweden,” she said.