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Bandaged British ‘mercenary’ captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state TV

WorldBandaged British ‘mercenary’ captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state TV

Andrew Hill, reportedly from Plymouth, was shown captured while being questioned by unidentified Russians, in a video released by the country’s defence ministry. It comes following reports that former British soldiers had travelled to Ukraine to fight alongside the defending military. 

The man, who appeared injured in a camouflage outfit, giving his name as Andrew Hill and speaking with a British accent.

In the footage, he can be seen with a bandage of some form around his head and blood on his right arm.

While being questioned, Mr Hill said: “I don’t have a rank […] I just know the foreign legion said I could help.”

The Russian defence ministry claimed that he had surrendered to Russian troops in the Mykolaiv region, in the south-west of Ukraine. 

Britain’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment when approached by Reuters.

Mr Hill said during the interrogation that he hailed from Plymouth, had four children and a partner.

He said he had travelled of his own accord to help Ukraine. He had been carrying a weapon when captured, he said, and Russian forces had taken his passport.

When the man asked if he was safe, one of the Russians answered: “Yes you are safe absolutely.”

The Russians said he would get medical care for his injuries – which appeared to include a bullet wound of some kind.

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