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How the Russians tortured a British soldier they captured in Ukraine 5 months ago: “I never want to listen to an ABBA song again!”

On Wednesday, September 21, in an unprecedented prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, 10 foreign nationals who had fought on the side of the Ukrainian army were also released. Among them, 5 Britons, two of whom had been sentenced to death by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Shaun Pinner told The Sun how the Russians tortured him during his detention.

The former British army soldier, who volunteered in Ukraine, was forced to listen to Mamma Mia over and over again during the 24-hour musical torture sessions. For several months in prison, Shaun, 48, survived on rations of stale bread and dirty water.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday from his family home in Potton, Beds, he said: “I thought I was going to die. It was hell on Earth. The last six months have been the worst days of my life. I never want to listen to an ABBA song or see a loaf of bread ever again. I’m so lucky to be home.”

After Russia’s February invasion, Shaun, married to Ukrainian Larysa, traveled to the Donbass region to fight pro-Moscow separatists. Having previously served in the Royal Regiment of England, he was in the Ukrainian army as a contract soldier.

Shaun was captured in April during the siege of Mariupol: “I knew it was bad, so I called my wife and gave her my death message. But she didn’t cry either. He yelled at me that I was a warrior and that I would survive. Those were the last words I heard from her and they kept me alive.

Then everything turned into carnage when the Russians attacked us with mortar bombs and artillery. There were so many dead bodies it looked like something out of a zombie apocalypse. I was surrounded by Russian separatists. They stripped me and put a knife in my thigh for no reason. They let me see the light of day for 20 minutes.”

Shaun, with a hood over his head, was then electrocuted: “It was a ferocious shock. They did it for 40 seconds each time. It seemed like they were just doing it for fun. A guy came in and put a gun to the back of my head, cocked it and said: now you’re going to die.

I thought this was the end for me. Then he started laughing and said he was joking and hit me with the gun.”

Shaun was then moved to a prison called the “Dark Side” in Russian-controlled Donetsk.

Heavy metal band Slipknot and ABBA played 24 hours a day on a loop, and he was beaten if he slept outside the hours specified by the guards. “I never want to hear another ABBA song again. I hated them anyway, so it was really torture.

One of the guards said he was going to kill me and send the film to my mother. They cruelly stole my wedding ring. It was my darkest day,” the Briton recalled.

In June, he and his colleague, Aiden Aslin, were sentenced to death as mercenaries by a bogus court. He was moved to another prison: “The conditions were better, but he was still playing music non-stop, just one song, this time it was Believe by Cher.

We had our dark days and cried a lot. We had to cling to some kind of hope and that’s how we survived.”

Last week, Shaun feared his execution was imminent after being told to pack his things. But he was part of a prisoner exchange brokered by Roman Abramovich.


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Source From: Libertatea

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