Freed prisoner John Harding has been hailed by his Ukrainian commander as “among the finest representatives of his nation”.
Mr Harding was certainly one of 5 British prisoners launched by the Russians after a deal was brokered by Saudi Arabia between Moscow and Kyiv.
Chief of the Georgian Legion Mamuka Mamulashvili commented that the British fighter, who educated younger volunteers within the legion as an teacher, was totally deserving of his “respect”.
He stated: “He is without doubt one of the finest representatives of his nation who got here right here to defend Ukraine and I give him my respect.”
Mr Harding was freed alongside Shaun Pinner, Aiden Aslin, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill and 5 different international prisoners, touchdown within the UK on Thursday morning.
Mr Pinner and Mr Aslin additionally served below Mr Mamulashvili within the pro-Ukrainian volunteer unit, reported The Telegraph.
The commander added: “All these guys did their finest to defend democracy and freedom.
“They had been within the Georgian Legion at roughly the identical time … and so they had been good guys.
“It was essential for us to get these guys out of captivity, as a result of I have been in captivity myself and I do know what it’s.”
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He added: “Aiden’s return brings to an finish months of agonising uncertainty for Aiden’s loving household in Newark, who suffered every single day of Aiden’s sham trial however by no means misplaced hope.
“As they’re united as a household as soon as extra, they will lastly be at peace.”
Overseas Secretary James Cleverly stated their launch “brings to an finish many months of uncertainty and struggling, together with the specter of the loss of life penalty, for them and their households, by the hands of Russia”.
He continued: “I want to specific my gratitude to President Zelensky and his staff for his or her efforts to safe their launch, and to HRH Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman and his staff, for his or her help.
“I proceed to name on Russia to adjust to worldwide humanitarian regulation and never exploit prisoners of battle and civilian detainees for political functions.”