Freed Aiden Aslin thanks Elon Musk’s Starlink for call home before capture

Aiden Aslin has thanked the world's richest man, Elon Musk for allowing him to call his family moments before being imprisoned by Russian soldiers.

Aiden from Newark, Nottinghamshire, had already lived in Ukraine for four years when he joined the country's war effort to defend against Vladimir Putin's invasion.

He has finally returned home after being sentenced to death in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic [DPT] for "mercenary activities and committing actions aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the DPR."

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The war hero has taken back control of his Twitter account and opened up about the horrors of he and others endured since their capture in Mariupol on April 12.

On Sunday evening, Aiden took to social media to express his gratitude to tech billionaire Elon Musk whose satellite internet constellation he used to contact loved ones.

He captioned a video of himself in an abandoned, war-torn warehouse in which he opens by saying: "If you're watching this it means that we've surrendered."

Aiden wrote on Sunday: "Before I surrendered, I made this video I was so scared at this moment but the fact I was able to get this out truly is down to @elonmusk & I want to take a moment to thank you because of your starlink satellite I could inform the world & managed to call my family one last time."

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In the video Aiden explained that he had little choice but to hand himself over as he and fellow fighters had ran out of food, water and ammunition while under heavy shelling, artillery and airstrikes.

He also shared a series of snaps taken of the same ashened building of smashed and burnt out vehicles.

"The final photos I took before we surrendered in Mariupol," Aiden said. "Again this was made possible by the starlink satellite system for those asking."

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Aiden and fellow Brit Shaun Pinner spoke about their experiences of being held as prisoners of war on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday morning.

"We were treated in some horrendous conditions there and I was expecting to either be killed or I'd be spending at least a minimum 10 years in Donetsk there so it still hasn't fully sunk in. We've had our guard up for like the last six months because of Mariupol and then also just the whole experience of being captive."


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