Foreign volunteers fighting against Russian troops in Ukraine sounded the alarm Wednesday over two American fighters they say had been taken captive amid heavy fighting.
Robert Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were serving with the Ukrainian military when they were taken in Kharkiv last week, The Telegraph reported.
“We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel. We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it,” a man who had been fighting alongside the two told the newspaper. He said the two had vanished in a showdown with Russian forces, and a subsequent search of the area “found no sign of them, nothing.”
The two are believed to be the first American volunteers taken prisoner by Russian forces since the Feb. 24 invasion.
Earlier Wednesday, a Twitter account run by a task force comprised of former U.S. and French servicemen announced that two Americans had been taken captive.
There was no immediate confirmation from Ukrainian authorities, though the statement noted that the men’s fate had been “confirmed by Ukrainian intelligence.”
“We have not since heard anything about their well being,” the statement said, explaining that the Americans had been taken when “a week ago our team ended up isolated in the middle of a Russian Offensive.”
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