Russian forces have released a video of two Americans who went missing during a fight against Kremlin forces in Ukraine last week.
A video posted on Twitter on Friday shows the horrified U.S. Army veteran Alexander Druek, 39, and 27-year-old Marine Corpsman Andy Hyunh in custody because they are self-determined and have to speak Russian.
“My name is Alexander Druek, I am against the war,” Druek said. Then he repeats in Russian, “Ya protiv voyny”, that is, I am against the war.
“Ya protiv voyny,” Hyun repeated after a quick cut.
Another video shows Drewek addressing his mother, Rabbit, when he promises to return home.
“Mom, I just wanted to let you know that I’m alive, I hope I’ll be home as soon as possible,” Druek said. ‘I love you.’
The disturbing videos appeared a day after the couple’s photo He got out of them in the back of a Russian military truck with their hands behind their backs, assuming they were tied on June 9 by Russians ambushed by their platoon.
Alexander Druek, 39, and Andy Hyun, 27, were horrified by footage released by Russian troops revealing their identities and condemning the war. They went missing last week after Russian troops ambushed their platoon in Ukraine
An untitled photo of the two veterans, Druke (left) and Hyunhy (right), was posted in the Telegram messaging app on Thursday, a day before the video appeared.
The US State Department has announced that it is working to verify the countless photos published by Russian bloggers in the Telegram messaging app. CNN: reports.
Druek’s mother, Bonnie, who called on the government to release her son, said: CNN: that the photo was circulated by the Russian media.
“They are working hard to verify this,” he told the State Department. “We are very hopeful.”
The photo and video started circulating when the department checked that a third American, US Navy veteran Reth. Captain Grady Kurpas has been missing since April.
Fears for the safety of Americans are growing after Russian state television on Thursday discussed reports of their arrest, assuming they would stand trial and face the death penalty.
Druek (left) յուն Hyun (right) is believed to have been captured by Russian troops on the outskirts of Kharkov last week after their unit was ambushed by Russian troops.
Druek, who turns 40 this month, is a former U.S. Army sergeant who has spent two tours in Iraq and volunteered in the Ukrainian army.
For four years, the Marine Corps never fought an active battle until flying to Ukraine in April to volunteer.
Both fighters are from the United States Alabamabut it remains unclear whether they knew each other before going to war zone.
The couple were part of a 10-man squad defending Kharkov last week when they were ambushed by Russian soldiers, according to a friend.
Druek և Hyun destroyed a Russian tank with a grenade, but disappeared in the fog of return fire. By the time it was cleaned, they were gone.
– We went on a mission, everything went absolutely crazy with a bad intellect. We were told that the city was clear when it turned out that the Russians were already attacking it.
“They came down the road with two T72 tanks, many BMP3s (armored combat vehicles), about 100 rearguards. “The only thing there was our ten-member detachment,” said one of their friends. The Daily Telegraph: in an interview on Tuesday.
“We suspect that they were unconscious either from the anti-tank mine or from the tank shot, because the search missions later found no trace, nothing.
“Then we sent drones, the Ukrainian search team was on the ground, but we did not find anything. “If they had been hit by a tank shell, their bodies or equipment would have remained at the scene,” he said.
At the same time, the US government has stated that it has not yet asked Russia about Druek և Hyun’s whereabouts.
“As of today, we have not raised this issue with the Russian Federation … (We) have not seen anything from the Russians that indicates that two such individuals are in custody,” US State Department spokeswoman Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday. .
Both American fighters from Alabama hit the Russian tank with a grenade, but got lost in the fog of return fire.
Hyun’s bride’s Joey Black (left) և Druk’s mother, Rabbit (right), appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday to demand their release.
The news that the drone did not find a body brought relief to Bonnie, who told Fox News:“It could mean they were hidden or it could mean they were captured.”
“It’s getting dark almost all the time tomorrow.” “Maybe the next day,” his last text message read.
Five days later, on June 13, he received a message from another member of his son’s squad informing him of his son’s disappearance.
Hyun’s fiancée, Joy Black, cried in an interview with him Good morning America on Thursday, when he asked for help.
“We just want him to come back. He has such a big heart.
‘He knew it was not easy, but it was the right thing to do. “Whether great things happened or not, I’m still really, really proud of him.”
Speaking about his son, Bannie added: “He wanted to go and help the Ukrainian soldiers train, show them how to use the equipment that the United States sent there for them.”
He said he was driven by fears that Putin would not stop in Ukraine and try to invade the rest of Europe.
US Marine Veteran Ret. Right-wing captain Grady Kurpas left for Ukraine in March. He retired in November 2021, working in a position that came under fire in April. His body was not found
Kurpas arrived in the country on March 7 and was in the capital until March 21. He was last heard on April 23 և 24.
He is now missing, US Navy veteran Rhett. Capt. Grady Kurpas, who left for Ukraine in March, according to: CNN:.
There is no news about him since April. No trace of him has been found, which raises fears that he may be killed.
He lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, before moving to Eastern Europe.
Captain Kurpas only recently retired from the U.S. Army in November 2021, serving 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He decided to volunteer with the Ukrainians in Ukraine, but did not see himself fighting on the front lines, said a family friend.
“For him personally, he has skills he feels he can bring back,” George Heath, a friend of Kurpas’s family, told CNN. “He wanted to go and help the Ukrainian people. He did not really plan to fight. “
Kurpas arrived in the country on March 7 and was in the capital until March 21. According to Heath, the last time he was heard was on April 23 և 24.
In late April, he was assigned to run a checkpoint near Kherson. It was then that he stopped communicating with those in the United States
It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein.
Kurpas went with another soldier to investigate what was happening and left the checkpoint before firing back at the Ukrainian military.
“That was the last time anyone heard from him,” Heath explained.
“His goal was not to be in the firing range doing such things,” Heath added. “It just happened in the end.”
Kurpasi’s body was not found.
Everyone was registered in the platoon with which the couple was fighting, except for Durek and Hyunh. None of the drone tests showed any signs of this
British prisoner of war Aiden Aslin (left) և Sean Pinner (second from left) A Donetsk court sentenced him to death on June 9 on charges of being a foreign mercenary. They were captured with a Moroccan fighter (right) in April
On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the administration would do “everything we can” to bring them to a “safe house”, but said their capture should remind Americans not to travel to the region.
“If that is the case, we will do our best to bring them back home safely.” But this is a moment to remind ourselves that we are discouraging Americans from going to Ukraine to fight. It is a war zone. It is combative. If you are passionate about supporting Ukraine, there are other ways to do it that are safer.
“Ukraine is not the place for Americans now,” Kirby told a White House news conference.
It came after two British soldiers were taken prisoner by Putin. Sean Pinner և Aiden Aslin was executed by a proxy in Eastern Ukraine.
They were captured in April. The couple has now been sentenced to death by firing squad.
British officials say they are doing everything possible to get the couple out of Russian custody before killing them.
The missing Americans, who went to fight for Ukraine, were seen in the back of a Russian military truck
SourceThe missing Americans, who went to fight for Ukraine, were seen in the back of a Russian military truck