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Captured Brits could be paraded through Red Square during Russian victory parade

Vladimir Putin could force hundreds of prisoners of war, including several British fighters, to march through Moscow's Red Square as part of a Victory Day parade, it has been reported.

The Russian parade is held every year on May 9 to celebrate the anniversary of World War Two ending in Europe in 1945.

The Times reports that Ukrainian think tank The Centre for Defence Strategies warned that captured fighters could be “forced to go through Red Square for cameras.”

Three British men are currently thought to be captured by Russian forces after fighting in Ukraine.

Shaun Pinner, 48, and Aiden Aslin, 28, are both being tried in a court in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic after being captured in Mauripol.

Prosecutor Andrei Spivak said both "are charged with a number of crimes against civilians of the Donetsk People’s Republic" and the "maximum punishment for these crimes is the death penalty".

While Aslin was heard saying he understood the accusations against him, he also said that he did not agree that he had murdered civilians while fighting for the Ukrainians in Mariupol.

It is highly unlikely that the charges – including the death penalty – could have been brought without Russian leadership approval.

Another Brit, Andrew Hill, from Plymouth, has also been captured by the Russians and was recently filmed admitting to "unwittingly" being involved in "war crimes" and pleading for leniency.

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The 35-year-old is apparently being held in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, which Russians forces occupied early in their offensive.

In the footage bearded Mr Hill, a father of four, can be seen seemingly reading a statement and occasionally stumbling over his words.

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It's thought that Putin could force the three men plus 500 other prisoners on the march to send a message to the world.

The event is one of the highlights of the despotic dictator's year and is usually used to showcase Russia's military might including tanks, planes, missiles and weapons.

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