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Two American veterans lost In Ukraine last week They were shown on a Russian news broadcast telling loved ones that they had been captured by Russian separatists.
The footage, broadcast by Russia’s RT channel on Friday, marked the first time for the missing men, Alex Drewic and Andy Huynh, Both are from Alabama, They have been seen since they went missing on June 9.
“Mom, I just want to tell you that I’m alive and I hope to be home as soon as possible,” Drwick said in the footage.
During the video, he is seen giving his mother a quick wink and asking her to take care of his dog. “So, I love Diesel for me. I love you,” he added.
Diana Shaw, Derwick’s aunt, said the video recording included a secret word and gesture that they discussed during his visit. Previous tours in Iraq, Verify his identity and let her know that he is fine.
RT channel broadcast the report in English, saying that the Americans separated from their group when they approached a Russian patrol and surrendered. The report added that Russian-backed separatist forces were holding the men.
Drueke previously served in U.S. military, Which included two tours to Iraq. Hoyen previously served in the United States Marine Corps.
Neither the United States nor the Russian government confirmed the detention of the American men.
Previously, the US government said that any American captured in Ukraine should be considered a prisoner of war and thus protected as a combatant under the general conventions. But Russian military officials said international fighters would be considered mercenaries and would not receive such protection.
on Friday, President Joe Biden A reporter asked him about the missing Americans.
The president replied, “I don’t know where they are and I want to be clear: Americans should not go to Ukraine.” “I’ll say it again, Americans shouldn’t go to Ukraine.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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