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First US fighters captured by Russian soldiers in Ukraine

First two US fighters are captured by Russian soldiers in battle for Kharkiv, fearing they will face death sentences like two British soldiers captured by Putin’s army

Two US military veterans have been taken prisoner of war in Ukraine, the first since the conflict began in March.

Robert Drueke and Andy Huynh were captured by Russian troops on the outskirts of Kharkov last week, according to sources quoted by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

The couple had flown to the region as volunteers. Drueke, 39, and Huynh, 27, are both from Alabama.

One of their comrades described losing sight of the pair during a fight last week.

“We were on a mission and the whole thing got out of hand, with bad information.

“We were told the city was free when it turned out that the Russians were already attacking it.

“They came out with two T72 tanks and several BMP3s (armored fighting vehicles) and about 100 infantry. All there was was our crew of ten,’ said one of their comrades.

Robert Drueke and Andy Huynh were captured by Russian troops on the outskirts of Kharkov last week, according to sources quoted by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

Robert Drueke and Andy Huynh were captured by Russian troops on the outskirts of Kharkov last week, according to sources quoted by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

Robert Drueke and Andy Huynh were captured by Russian troops on the outskirts of Kharkov last week, according to sources quoted by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

The couple is one of the western volunteers who rushed to the region to help Ukrainian troops.

The unnamed comrade said the pair knocked out a Russian tank with a grenade, but was lost in the mist of backfire.

By the time it cleared up, they were gone.

“We suspect they were knocked unconscious by either the anti-tank mine or by the tank firing at them, as subsequent searches found no trace of them, nothing.

“After that 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 have been remains of their bodies or equipment at the crime scene,” he said.

The State Department and the Pentagon have not yet responded to the claims.

The US, along with other Western forces, has refused to send troops to the region.

Drueke, 39, is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in Iraq but struggled to find work or reintegrate into society after returning from the war, his mother told the Telegraph.

“The US embassy has assured me that they are doing everything they can to find him and that they are looking for him alive, not dead.

“I’m doing my best not to fall apart, I’m staying strong.

“I’m hopeful they’ll keep it to trade for Russian prisoners of war,” she said.

It comes after two Britons were captured by Putin’s army.

Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin have been sentenced to death by a court in eastern Ukraine. They were captured in April.

Now the two have been sentenced to death by firing squad. British officials say they are doing everything they can to get the couple out of Russian custody before they are slaughtered.

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