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Two American veterans captured in Ukraine are shown on Russian television

Two American veterans captured in Ukraine are shown on Russian television

Two American veterans from Alabama who were feared captured in Ukraine have now appeared in videos on Russian state television.

Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh are believed to be the first Americans captured by Russian forces since the unprovoked invasion of Moscow began on February 24. They disappeared last week while in Ukraine and the video appears to confirm their capture by Russian forces.

Drueke spoke to the camera from what appeared to be an office, texting his mother and even winking at her, according to the Associated Press.

“Mom, I just want you to know that I am alive and hope to be back home as soon as I can. So, love Diesel for me. I love you.” Diesel is Mr. Drueke’s mastiff dog.

Relatives of Huynh, 27, of Trinity and Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa had been in contact with the Senate and House offices seeking information on the men’s whereabouts.

Drueke’s aunt, Dianna Shaw, told the news organization that in the video her nephew had used a code word and gesture that he had set up with his family during his tours of Iraq to let his mother know he was okay.

This photo taken on April 6, 2022 in Hartselle, Alabama shows US Navy veteran Andy Tai Huynh, who decided to fight with Ukraine in the war against Russia.

(AP)

Mr. Drueke, who served in the US Army, and Mr. Huynh, who served in the US Marine Corps, went missing after their group came under heavy attack in the northeastern region from Kharkiv on June 9.

RT’s report on Friday said that both Americans separated from the group and ended up in a town where they were confronted by a Russian patrol and surrendered.

RT says the men are being held by Russian-backed separatist forces in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Neither the United States nor the Russian government has officially confirmed that the men are being held.

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