US President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he did not know the whereabouts of the two men – two former US servicemen whose relatives had not heard from since last week – adding:
Americans should not go to Ukraine.
The US State Department also reported information about the disappearance
in recent weeks of a third US citizen.
On Friday evening, Russian journalist Roman Kosarev – who works with Russian state broadcaster RT – posted a video on Telegram of Alexander Drueke, one of the two missing Americans, speaking to the camera.
Mom, I just wanna tell you that I’m alive and I hope to get home as soon as I can.he says, in military fatigues and apparently seated in an office.
Love Diesel for me, I love you, he adds, concluding his brief video with a wink. According to American media, Diesel is the name of his dog.
RT’s official Telegram page also released a video of Andy Huynh, the other missing American, in which he explains he was engaged, along with Alexander Drueke
in a fight with Russian troops near Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Russian forces have taken over our positions. We had to retreatadds Mr. Huynh.
After hiding for several hours, the two men surrendered to Russian forces, he claims.
Washington is closely monitoring the situation
The two men were also filmed in other videos broadcast by RT, where they say they are
against war in hesitant Russian.
The circumstances under which the two former servicemen were speaking and who is holding them are unclear at this stage.
A spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed on Saturday that they had seen the photos and videos of the two US citizens
allegedly captured by Russian military forces in Ukraine .
We are closely monitoring the situationhe told theAFP .
The relatives of the two Americans had reacted this week in the media.
Drueke’s mother, Lois, told CNN on Thursday that her son had gone to Ukraine after discussing it with her for a month.
I want everyone to know. We don’t want one to come back without the other. They were best friends and we want everyone to remember there’s not just one person there.did she say.
Mr. Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black, reported in the same interview that she had not heard from him since June 8.
He told me that he loved me very much and that he would be unavailable for two, three days. He was trying not to worry meshe confided.
I just want to see him safe and sound.
Two Britons and a Moroccan taken prisoner in Ukraine, where they were fighting for kyiv, were sentenced to death on Thursday for mercenary charges by the justice of the separatist authorities in Donetsk, Russian news agencies announced.