Russia has captured two US Army veterans as prisoners of war in Ukraine, the first since the conflict began on February 24.
Robert Drueke and Andy Huynh were taken prisoner by Russian forces last week on the outskirts of Kharkiv, according to sources quoted by “The Daily Telegraph” last Tuesday.
The two fighters had flown to the region as volunteers. Drueke, 39, and Huynh, 27, are both from Alabama.. One of his comrades described losing sight of the two in a battle last week.
“We were on a mission and everything went absolutely crazy, with bad information. We were told that the city was clear when it turned out that the Russians were already storming it. They came down the road with two T72 tanks and multiple BMP3s (armored fighting vehicles) and about 100 infantrymen. The only thing there was our ten-man squad,’ one of his comrades explained.
Both Drueke and Huynh are among the Western volunteers. who rushed to the region to help the Ukrainian forces. The anonymous comrade said that the two disabled a Russian tank with a grenade, but disappeared in the smoke caused by the fire.
“We suspect they were rendered unconscious by the anti-tank mine or by the tank that fired at them, because subsequent search missions found no sign of them, nothing. Then we sent drones and had a Ukrainian search team on the ground.but we found nothing: if they had been hit by the tank shell, there would be remains of their bodies at the scene,” he clarified.
Neither the State Department nor the Pentagon has not yet made a statement in this regard. The United States, like other countries in the West, has refused to send troops to war.