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Video of the first Americans captured by Russian forces since the invasion of Ukraine aired on Russian TV

A video of the first Americans captured by Russian forces since the start of the Ukrainian invasion has been shown by Russian state television.

Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh, two American military veterans who disappeared last week while fighting in Ukraine, are from Alabama.

The two soldiers are being held by Russian-backed separatist forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, according to RT.

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During the telecast, Drueke can be heard saying, “Mom, I just want to let you know I’m alive and hope to be home as soon as possible. So love Diesel for me. I love you.”

The United States “will do everything possible” to recover them, according to White House national security spokesman John Kirby.

After being caught fighting for Ukraine, two British citizens and a Moroccan have been sentenced to death by a separatist court in the unrecognized Russian-speaking Donetsk People’s Republic.

While Huynh is a former US Marine who left the service in 2018, Drueke has served two tours in Iraq, the last as chief gunner in Baghdad in 2008-09.

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After seeing photos of civilian casualties as Russia withdrew from towns outside Kyiv in late March, the two felt compelled to support the government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who calls his attack on Ukraine a “special military operation” to demilitarize and denazify his neighbour, has denied attacking civilians and accused Western citizens of acting as “mercenaries”.

Disclaimer: A number of claims and counterclaims are being made about the Ukraine-Russia conflict on the ground and online. Although WION takes great care in accurately reporting this developing news, we cannot independently verify the authenticity of all statements, photos and videos.

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