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Two American veterans captured in Ukraine broadcast on Russian television

Two American veterans from Alabama who feared capture in Ukraine have now been shown in videos on Russian state television.

Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh would be the first Americans captured by Russian forces since the unprovoked invasion of Moscow began on February 24. They disappeared last week while in Ukraine and the video appears to confirm their capture by Russian forces.

Mr Drueke spoke to the camera from what appeared to be an office, messaging his mother and even giving her a wink, according to the Associated Press.

“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.” Diesel is Mr. Drueke’s mastiff dog.

Relatives of Mr. Huynh, 27, from Trinity and Mr. Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa had been in contact with Senate and House offices for information on the men’s whereabouts.

Mr Drueke’s aunt, Dianna Shaw, told the news agency that in the video her nephew had used a catchword and gesture he had set up with his family while touring Iraq so that his mother would know that he was fine.

This photo taken on April 6, 2022 in Hartselle, Alabama shows U.S. Navy veteran Andy Tai Huynh, who has decided to fight alongside Ukraine in the war against Russia.

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Mr Drueke, who served in the US Army, and Mr Huynh, who served in the US Marines, were reported missing after their group came under heavy fire in the northeastern region of Kharkiv on June 9 .

Friday’s RT report said the two Americans broke away from the group and ended up in a village where they were confronted by a Russian patrol and surrendered.

RT says the men are being held by Russian-backed separatist forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Neither the United States nor the Russian government has officially confirmed that the men are being held.

Additional reports by agencies

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