MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reportedly ready to consider an appeal from the United Kingdom over the fate of two Britons sentenced to death for fighting for Ukraine, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said neither Moscow nor the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine who handed down the sentence had heard from London on the matter.

“You should, of course, go to the authorities of the country whose court issued the verdict, and it’s not the Russian Federation,” Peskov said. “But, of course, everything will depend on the calls from London. And I’m sure the Russian side will be ready to listen.

The two Britons, Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, along with a Moroccan named Brahim Saadoun, were sentenced to death last week for allegedly fighting as mercenaries by a court in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. The internationally unrecognized territory encompasses parts of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region seized by Russian-backed separatists since 2014.

Authorities in Britain and Ukraine declared the verdict null and void, with London calling the proceedings a “sham”. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday that the best way to secure Aslin and Pinner’s release was ‘through the Ukrainians’, but added she would do ‘whatever it takes’ .

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Separatist authorities in Donetsk said the men had one month to appeal their convictions. The Ukrainian government in Kyiv has since pledged to try to secure the release of the three through a prisoner exchange with Russia.

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