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41-year-old Benjamin Stimson has been jailed for five years and four months under the UK Terrorism Act for taking part in the fighting in Donbas on the side of the Russian and Russian-backed separatists. This is the first terrorism conviction of a UK national for his part in the Donbas fighting, however Britain has previously brought charges under the same law against people for fighting on the side of the so-called ‘Islamic State’.

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