2 US soldiers captured fighting in Ukraine 3 months ago to return home: report

Two Alabama men who were captured after volunteering to help Ukrainian forces against Russian military aggression will soon be returned to their families, according to reports.

Alex Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, fought together in the northeastern Kharkov region Ukraine on June 9 when they were arrested and taken prisoner by a Russian-backed separatist group called the Donetsk People’s Republic, a quasi-nation state within Ukraine that has not been recognized by the United States.

“We are pleased to announce that Alex and Andy are free,” the families said in a joint statement. “You are being held safely in the custody of the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia and will be returned to the States after medical screening and debriefing.”

Since the US does not have diplomatic relations with the DPR, others had to negotiate the release of Drueke and Huynh. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it had managed to secure the release of a total of 10 foreign prisoners representing the US, UK, Morocco, Sweden and Croatia from the DPR.

Drueke and Huynh shall”in pretty good shape‘ said Drueke’s aunt, Dianna Shaw.

Drueke, an Army veteran, and Huynh, a Navy veteran originally from California, were living about 120 meters apart in Alabama when they both decided to enlist in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in April. Drueke, who first enlisted in the Army after the September 11 attacks, thought his experience would be helpful. Huyhn, meanwhile, said he couldn’t get the plight of the Ukrainian people out of his mind.

“I know it wasn’t my problem, but there was this gut feeling that I felt like I had to do something,” Huynh said before leaving. “Two weeks into the war it just ate at me and it just felt wrong. I lost sleep. … All I could think about was the situation in Ukraine.”

During their captivity, the two men formed one Friendship about her home state and her determination to help Ukraine. Drueke was only able to have limited contact with family and friends during his time in DPR. Whether Huynh had contact with his family during this time was not reported.

When exactly the two men will return to the United States is unclear Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not comment on her release.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2-us-soldiers-captured-3-months-ago-while-fighting-in-ukraine-to-return-home-report 2 US soldiers captured fighting in Ukraine 3 months ago to return home: report

Laura Coffey

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