War in Ukraine: UK man charged with terrorism over Ukraine conflict - AP

10:31 Sep. 29, 2016

UK man charged with terrorism over Ukraine conflict - AP

Foreign volunteer fighters fighting for the Donetsk militants (GettyImages Photo)

41-year-old Benjamin Stimson was seen with militants in October 2015

A British man filmed with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has been charged with terrorism offenses, Associated Press reports.

Greater Manchester Police says 41-year-old Benjamin Stimson is charged with preparing for and assisting acts of terrorism.

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Stimson, from Oldham in northwestern England, was interviewed by the BBC in October 2015 while he was with the Donbass militia in eastern Ukraine. He was filmed saying he would be prepared to kill if his life was threatened, and would view it as an act of war.

In a later video posted on YouTube, Stimson denied involvement in military action and said journalists had told him to handle a gun.

He appeared in a London court on Wednesday and was detained until his next hearing on October 7.

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