Their families said that two American men captured by Russians while fighting for the Ukrainian Defense Forces have been released.
Andy Huynh and Alexander Drake, both military veterans from Alabama, were reported to have been released after being captured by the Russians while fighting for Ukraine.
According to a joint statement issued by their families, the men were reportedly handed over to the custody of the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
“We are pleased to announce that Alex and Andy are free,” the families said. “They are in the custody of the American embassy in Saudi Arabia safely, and after medical examinations and information extraction, they will return to the United States,” he added.
The families said they “highly appreciate everyone’s prayers, in particular the close communication and support of our elected officials, Ukrainian Ambassador Markarova, and members of the United States embassies in Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and the United States Department of State.”
According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, the men were released from among 10 Russian prisoners of war thanks to “mediation efforts” made on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
British, Swedish, Croatian, and Moroccan nationals were also released as a result of the deal.
According to a fellow soldier who was with Mr. Drueke and Mr. Huynh, the men were arrested after they helped disable a Russian tank. The Americans were separated from the rest of their group by the smoke from the attack and then captured by Russian forces.