The mother of a British man who has been captured by Russians troops while fighting in Ukraine called for him to be treated with “humanity” and released, in Friday’s Daily Telegraph.
Russian television late Thursday broadcast images of a young man handcuffed and with a cut on his forehead, saying that his name was Aiden Aslin.
Aslin’s mother, Ang Wood, told the British newspaper she knew it was her 28-year-old son because of his distinctive tattoo.
“Aiden is a serving member of the Ukrainian armed forces, and as such is a prisoner of war and must be treated with humanity,” she was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
She holds Russian President Vladimir Putin “to the terms of the Geneva Convention,” she added.
“It already looks like he has been beaten up. It is time now for the British government to get involved and help secure Aiden’s release because he is still a British citizen,” she said.
Britain’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to an AFP request to comment.
“I’m in bits. My son will be scared, just as we are,” Wood told the Telegraph.
The newspaper reported that Aslin, known by his first name Johnny, joined the Ukrainian military in 2018 and bought a house in Ukraine to start a family with his fiancée.