- Russian state television showed a video of the two US military veterans on Friday, confirming that they were taken captive in Ukraine.
- Andy Huynh, 27, and Alex Drueke, 39, went missing last week during a battle near Kharkiv.
- In the video, Drueke, speaking into the camera from what appeared to be an office, sent a message to his mother.
Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh knew that he might not return. So the 27-year-old former Marine drew up a will, said goodbye to his fiancée and left Hartselle, Alabama, in April to help the Ukrainians repel Russian forces.
That same month, not far away in Tuscaloosa, former Army Sgt. Alexander Drueke, a 39-year-old Iraq war veteran, had deliberated for a month before deciding to pack his gear for Ukraine.