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Wed Sep 21, 2022, 07:28 PM

Russian separatists release 10, including 2 US veterans

Source: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces were among 10 prisoners, including five British nationals, released by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange mediated by Saudi Arabia, officials said Wednesday.

Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27, went missing in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border June 9. They had traveled to Ukraine on their own and became friends because both are from Alabama.

Their families announced their release in a joint statement from Dianna Shaw, an aunt of Drueke.

“They are safely in the custody of the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia and after medical checks and debriefing they will return to the states,” the statement said.

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By JAY REEVES
an hour ago


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-alabama-veterans-kharkiv-02360b9970b0d8073467e399ce944c8c




This combination file photo shows U.S. military veterans Andy Huynh, left, and Alexander Drueke. The two veterans, who disappeared while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces on June 9, 2022, have been released after about three months in captivity, relatives said Wednesday, Sept. 21. 2022. (Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily, left; and Lois "Bunny" Drueke/Dianna Shaw, via AP, File)


FILE - British citizen Aiden Aslin stands behind bars in a courtroom in Donetsk, in the territory which is under the Government of the Donetsk People's Republic control, eastern Ukraine, on June 9, 2022. 10 prisoners, including Aslin and two U.S. military veterans, were released by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange mediated by Saudi Arabia, officials said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 05:01 AM

1. Ukraine's Mariupol defenders, Putin ally in prisoner swap

Ukraine’s Mariupol defenders, Putin ally in prisoner swap (Associated Press)

Of the total, 200 Ukrainians were exchanged for just one man — pro-Russian opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk, who is Ukrainian. The 68-year-old oligarch escaped from house arrest in Ukraine several days before Russia’s invasion Feb. 24 but was recaptured in April. He faced up to life in prison on charges of treason and aiding and abetting a terrorist organization for mediating coal purchases for the separatist, Russia-backed Donetsk republic in eastern Ukraine.


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