Alexander Drucke, a missing veteran in Ukraine, is alive, the family said

Substitute while the actions of the article are loading

A former US soldier who went missing in Ukraine is alive, family members said on Friday, citing a new video circulating online after he was believed to have been captured by Russian forces.

Former Army Staff Sergeant. Alexander Drucke disappeared this month near the northeastern city of Kharkov, near the Russian border, and traveled to Ukraine to teach Ukrainian forces how to use American-made weapons, family members said.

In a short video, he addressed his mother, Lois Drucke, “Mom, I just want to let you know that I’m alive and that I hope to return home as soon as possible,” he said. “Love diesel for me. I love you. “

Diesel is a dog that the Drucke family saved, said Drucke’s aunt, Diana Shaw.

Drucke is among a number of American veterans who have traveled to Ukraine to join or help the Ukrainian military as they try to contain the Russian invasion that began in February. 24. The US government is discouraging Americans from going to Ukraine, citing security concerns and the limited ability of US officials to help if something goes wrong.

Military volunteers in Ukraine are returning home, hoping for a difficult battle

Drucke, wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt and camouflage pants, appeared in the video the same day when Kremlin-controlled RT media reported that he and another American, a former Marine. Andy Tai Huin surrendered to Russian forces after being abandoned by Ukrainian commanders.

RT noted that “the stakes for Drueke and Huynh are high”, citing a recent court ruling in a Russian-controlled separatist region of Ukraine to sentence to death two foreign fighters from Britain and one from Morocco.

Both Drucke and Huyn were quoted as contemptuous of Ukrainian forces in an RT article: Drucke warned other US veterans to “think really long and hard about why you’re doing it and what might happen” if they travel to join Ukrainian forces. while Huyn said he was disappointed with the corruption in the Ukrainian army.

Shaw, Drucke’s aunt, said no one should take what Drucke says seriously in RT interviews, and that “everyone knows it’s propaganda.”

“It says they have found the Ukrainian army disorganized and incompetent and that they hate Ukraine,” said Drucke’s mother, Lois “Bunny” Drucke. “And that’s not true at all.”

Huynh’s family has also seen videos that appear to show him and Drueke, said Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black.

“I will not comment directly on the video, but we continue to pray for the safe return of both Andy and Alex, and we are so grateful for all the help and support we have received in our efforts to bring them home,” Black said.

Ukrainian forces continue to communicate with the Drucke family about their missing loved one, Shaw said.

“They are searching social media, trying to find some clues, as well as searching the land and sending drones,” she said. “And because they find things, they send them to us, and we send them to the State Department. Sometimes the State Department already has them. A lot of things move very fast. ”

A third U.S. veteran – former Marine Corps officer Grady Kurpasi – disappeared in Ukraine in April and was first identified this week.

The fourth American veteran, Willie Joseph Cancel, was killed in May.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.