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2 Alabama veterans missing in Ukraine after battle with Russians

Two Alabama men who volunteered to go to Ukraine to help in the fight against Russia are missing.

Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Trinity in Lawrence County has not been in contact with his family for over a week. Huynh, a former American serviceman, volunteered to go fight with the Ukrainian army in the war against Russia.

Aderholt said Huynh’s family had not been in contact with him since June 8, when he was in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

“As you can imagine, his loved ones are very concerned about him. My office has asked the United States Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to try to obtain all possible information,” Aderholt said. “As my office works to obtain more details, I would ask everyone to pray for Andy’s safety and pray for the comfort of his family in Lawrence County,” a statement said.

According to WAAY, Huynh left Alabama for Ukraine in early April.

“I made peace with the decision. I know there is a risk that I will die. I am ready to give my life or what I believe is right. Because what I have learned is right, really through my eyes, Marine Corps, through God, and really right what is right,” Huynh told the station.

Another man, Alexander Drueke, 39, is believed to be with Huynh. Drueke is originally from Tuscaloosa and Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville, along with Rep. Terri Sewell, help her family.

Sewell’s office said she was contacted by Drueke’s mother after she had not heard from him for several days.

“My office has been in contact with the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other members of the Alabama congressional delegation regarding this urgent matter. We will continue to do everything in our power to help locate him and find answers for his family,” Sewell said.

Drueke’s mother, Bunny Drueke, said in a statement that she last spoke to her son on June 5 and that he texted her three days later to say he would “go dark for most of tomorrow”. Maybe the next day too,” according to WBRC.

She said her son, an Iraq war veteran, felt a responsibility to help Ukraine.

The New York Post reports that the two men were taken prisoner in a fight with Russian armor last week. Huynh and Drueke reportedly fired at least one shot at a Russian vehicle, destroying it with a rocket-propelled grenade before they were captured.


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