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UK man charged with terrorism offenses over Ukraine conflict

Associated Press Associated Press 28/09/2016

LONDON — A British man filmed with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has been charged with terrorism offenses.

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

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 ordered detained until his next hearing on Oct. 7.

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