Russian television broadcast a video on Friday of two American military veterans who were captured after helping Ukrainian forces.
NBC News reported Thursday that the two men, Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, volunteered to help Ukrainian forces against the Russian invasion, which began in February. Russian network RT later reported that they were still alive and being held captive by Russian troops in the Donbas region.
“Mom, I just want to let you know that I’m alive and hope to be home as soon as possible. So love Diesel for me. I love you,” Drueke said in an RT video, The Hill reported.
On Friday, after the videos were released, the State Department said officials had “seen the photos and videos of these two US citizens who were allegedly captured by Russian military forces in Ukraine” and were “monitoring the situation closely.” .
President Joe Biden also commented on the matter, saying he had been briefed on the missing Americans, according to The Hill. The president then discouraged others from traveling to Ukraine to help fight the Russian invasion.
“I’ve been briefed. We don’t know where they are,” Biden told reporters at the White House before departing for Rehoboth, Delaware.
“I want to reiterate: Americans shouldn’t go to Ukraine now. They shouldn’t go to Ukraine.”
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