A tragic story has surfaced out of Ukraine.
Former U.S. servicemen Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh who were volunteering with the Ukrainian Army have allegedly been taken prisoner by the Russians.
Bad intel was cited as a reason for the capture. (Click here to read more about the situation)
The State Department is now monitoring the situation and reports say this could lead to a diplomatic crisis as the Biden administration seeks their release.
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The State Department has responded to a report that two U.S. fighters have been captured in Ukraine, saying it is looking into the matter.
A report in The Telegraph said former U.S. servicemen Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh were volunteering with the Ukrainian Army when Russian forces took them prisoner during a battle outside Kharkiv last week.
“We are aware of unconfirmed reports of two U.S. citizens captured in Ukraine. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Ukrainian authorities,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.
The capture of the two Americans will be diplomatically sensitive, as the Kremlin may seek to use it as proof that the US is becoming directly involved in the war. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is likely to demand significant concessions in exchange for their release.
A comrade of the two men, who asked not to be named, told The Telegraph they had been captured after running into a much larger Russian force during a battle last Thursday in the village of Izbytske, 30 miles north-east of Kharkiv. The village is less than five miles from the Russian border.
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