Russia holding two missing American fighters in custody: state media

Russia holding two missing American fighters in custody: state media

Two American fighters who went lacking whereas defending Ukraine are apparently alive and in Russian custody, Russian state media reported.

Former US servicemen Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, spoke with the Russian state company RT Friday from a detention heart in a Moscow-controlled part of the Donbas area, the outlet stated.

The report hints that Drueke and Huynh might face the dying penalty for combating alongside Ukrainian troops — the identical sentence handed down by separatists earlier this month to 2 Brits and a Moroccan captured by Russian forces.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov appeared to pave the way in which for such a ruling, telling MSNBC that Drueke and Huynh have been “troopers of fortune,” not lined by the protections of worldwide legislation.

Requested in the event that they have been prisoners of struggle — a classification that will entitle them to the protections of the Geneva Conference — Peskov declined to debate “the juridical aspect of their seize.”

“They don’t seem to be members of the Ukrainian military,” Peskov stated. “The Geneva Conference can’t be utilized to troopers of Fortune.”

Alexander Drueke served in Iraq for the US Military.Fb/Alexander J. Drueke

Andy Huynh is a former Marine.

Drueke and Huynh have been taken prisoner throughout a fierce struggle with Russian armor through the ongoing Ukrainian counterattacks within the nation’s northeast, in response to a report by the British newspaper the Telegraph.

They have been captured after their 10-man squad ran right into a a lot bigger Russian pressure in a village outdoors Kharkiv, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed supply who fought with the pair in an everyday Ukrainian navy unit.

Drueke, a veteran of the US Military, served in Iraq. His mom informed the Telegraph that he had suffered from PTSD and was struggling to carry down a job earlier than going to Ukraine.

Huynh, a former Marine, left to struggle in Ukraine in April, in response to Alabama ABC affiliate WAAY.

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