Peskov called Americans captured in Ukraine “soldiers of fortune”
In mid-June, Russian media published a video of two captured men who introduced themselves as US citizens. According to Peskov, these “soldiers of fortune” took part in the shelling of the Russian military and should be punished
The Americans Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hyun, captured in Ukraine, are “soldiers of fortune” who participated in attacks on the Russian military and committed “crimes”. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in an interview with NBC News.
“They are soldiers of fortune and were involved in illegal activities on the territory of Ukraine. They participated in the shelling of our military. They threatened their lives and must be held accountable for the crimes they committed,— he said.
June 17 in the Izvestia Telegram channels and RT have released videos of two men claiming to be US citizens.
The first man, with whom RT showed a recording, introduced himself as Alexander Dryuke, a native of Alabama. He said that he was alive, said hello to his mother and expressed the hope that he would return home.
On the second entry, published by Izvestia, the man introduces himself as Andy Wien from Alabama . He claims that he used to “believe propaganda” that cast Russians in a bad light. But now he believes that the Ukrainian army is incompetent and corrupt.
The Telegraph previously reported that the Dryukei Hyun fought on the side of the Ukrainian army and were captured near Kharkov. Their families told CNN that there was no contact with the Americans for about a week. According to the TV channel, the men disappeared during the battle near the village of Izbitskoye, their search yielded no results.
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At the same time, the official representative of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that the department has information about the loss of the third American in recent weeks. CNN, citing the wife of the military, specified that this was a veteran of the Marine Corps, Grady Kerpasi.
After reports of captured Americans, US President Joe Biden once again urged citizens to refrain from traveling to Ukraine.
February 27, a few days after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Kyiv's intention to involve foreign volunteers in the fighting. Then he announced the creation of an international legion of territorial defense of Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense calls foreign volunteers mercenaries, the department has repeatedly reported on their destruction.
Three foreign citizens were taken prisoner by the DPR forces: the British Sean Pinner, Aiden Aslin and Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. They were sentenced to death for mercenarism. In Britain, they considered the sentence illegitimate and fictitious and said that they were working on the release of the convicts.
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