Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – Brit volunteer ‘Johnny’ captured by Putin’s evil soldiers as Mariupol faces bloody last stand

A HERO Brit has been captured by Vladimir Putin’s evil Russian soldiers while fighting for Ukraine in Mariupol.

Aiden Aslin, 27, known on the battlefield as ‘Jonny’, was a care worker in the UK before heading to Ukraine to defend locals from marauding Russian forces who are raping, looting and massacring citizens.

But this week he contacted friends and family to reveal his unit had run out of food and ammo, saying “It’s been 48 days. We tried our best to defend Mariupol but we have no choice but to surrender to Russian forces.”

Aiden’s mum Ang added: “I love my son, he is my hero – they put up one hell of a fight.”

He is now likely to be used by Vladimir Putin‘s murderous regime for propaganda, but there is some hope Aiden may eventually be released as part of a prisoner exchange.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian fighters are putting up a hellish last stand in tunnels under an abandoned Stalingrad-esque steel plant in Mariupol as Russian forces close in on the besieged port city. 

Experts say the fall of Mariupol, is inevitable but holdouts in their underground bases hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers. 

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • No humanitarian corridors open today

    Unfortunately, it has not been possible to open humanitarian corridors today, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister has said.

    Iryna Vereshchuk noted that work was ongoing to get them reopened. 

    This comes after the Mayor of Mariupol sad that there are more than 100,000 residents awaiting to be evacuated from the area – one of the most heavily bombarded cities in Ukraine.

  • Putin: Russia to seek alternative to European energy market

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow will be looking into alternative markets for its energy exports after Western capitals sanctioned Russia over its military operation in Ukraine.

    Since Moscow’s troops moved into its pro-Western neighbour on February 24, Russia has faced a barrage of unprecedented sanctions, including embargoes on its energy exports.

    “We have all the resources and opportunities to quickly find alternative solutions,” Putin said during a televised government meeting on the development of the Russian Arctic.

    “As for Russian oil, gas and coal — we can increase their consumption on the domestic market… and also increase the supply of energy resources to other parts of the world, where they are really needed,” Putin added.

  • Russia plans ‘victory day’ carnival parade in Mariupol

    According to the aid of Mariupol’s mayor, Petro Andryushchenko, Russia may be planning a “Victory Day parade” in the devastated Ukrainian port city, has said on Telegram.

    He said Kostyantyn Ivashchenko, whom is in charge of Russian troops in Mariupol, was ordered “to clear a part of the city’s central district of rubble and dead bodies to ensure that a parade can be held on 9 May”.

    “Judging from the whole array of data, the occupiers are planning to hold a ‘victory carnival’ in Mariupol in case their ‘special operation’ is successful,” Andryushchenko has said.

    He added: “The good news is that there are no vehicles or people in the city to carry out such events.”

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