American veterans captured by Russia while fighting for Ukraine released, families say
Two American men who were captured by the Russians while fighting for the Ukrainian Defense Forces have been released, their families said.
Veterans Andy Huang and Alexander Drucker from Alabama were reportedly released after they were captured by the Russians while fighting for Ukraine.
The men have reportedly been handed over to the custody of the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, according to a joint statement released by their families.
“We are delighted to announce that Alex and Andy are free,” the family said. “They are in safe custody at the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, and after medical screening and debriefing, they will return to the U.S.”
The families said they “deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and especially the close communication and support of our elected officials, Ukrainian Ambassador Markarova, and our members of the US embassies in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and the US Department of State.”
The men were among 10 prisoners of war released by Russia as a result of a “mediation effort” on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Saudi foreign ministry.
British, Swedish, Croatian and Moroccan nationals were also released over the deal.
The men were arrested after helping to destroy a Russian tank, according to a soldier who was with Mr. Drueke and Mr. Huynh. During the attack, the Americans were separated from the others in smoke before being captured by Russian troops.