Russia frees two captured military veterans fighting for Ukraine

Russia frees two captured military veterans fighting for Ukraine

Andy Huynh (left) and Alexander Drueke (right) are two US military veterans who volunteered to fight Russia for Ukraine (Photos: Reuters/AP)

Andy Huynh (left) and Alexander Drueke (right) are two US military veterans who volunteered to fight Russia for Ukraine (Photos: Reuters/AP)

Two Americans captured by Russian forces after volunteering to fight for Ukraine have been released, their families said on Wednesday.

The families of Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh said the two men are currently at the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia but will soon return home.

Both are Alabama military veterans. Both were reported missing by their families in June after a fight in the Kharkiv area of ​​Ukraine.

“We are thrilled to announce that Alex and Andy are free,” their families said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The two men are being held at the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia, awaiting medical examinations before they can return to the United States, their families said.

“We deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and especially the close communication and support of our elected officials, Ukrainian Ambassador Markarova, and our members of the US Embassies in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and the US Department of State,” the statement continued.

The two men were captured on June 9, other men reported fighting with them after their families said they had not heard from either of them since June 8.

Drueke, 39, a former US Army serviceman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, served twice in Iraq, while Huynh, 27, originally from Orange County, California, is a former US Marine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had previously said he was not ruling out the possibility of subjecting the two Americans to the death penalty, but that they needed to investigate further.

According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, ‘mediation efforts’ on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman led to the release of 10 prisoners of war.

Among those released were Moroccan, Swedish, Croatian, American and British nationals, the ministry said.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss confirmed that five British nationals captured by Russia are being safely returned to the UK.

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Source : metro.co.uk

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