Army veteran held in Ukraine speaks to mother by telephone

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The mom of an Army veteran who went lacking after he traveled to assist Ukraine in its battle towards Russia has spoken along with her son by phone, the household stated Wednesday.

Lois “Bunny” Drueke, of Tuscaloosa, answered a name from what seemed to be a Russian change and talked to son Alex Drueke on Tuesday for almost 10 minutes of their first dialog since he and Andy Huynh, one other Alabama veteran who traveled to Ukraine, had been captured after a battle earlier this month in Ukraine.

Apparently on the prompting of his captors, Drueke stated the individuals holding him had been anxious to start negotiations and that he had meals, water and bedding, Bunny Drueke stated in an announcement launched by her household.

“He sounded drained and pressured, and he was clearly reciting some issues he had been made to follow or learn, however it was great to listen to his voice and know he’s alive and alright,” she stated.

An undated photograph, left, shows Army veteran Alexander Drueke of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A photo taken April 6, 2022, right, shows Marine veteran Andy Tai Huynh. (Lois

Drueke stated he hadn’t been involved with Huynh for a number of days, based on the girl. The United States has stated each males must be protected as prisoners of warfare beneath the Geneva Conventions.

Huyhn’s fiance, Joy Black, stated his household was thrilled the Drueke was capable of converse together with his mom.

“We are nonetheless hoping to get an identical communication from Andy,” she stated.

Druke and Huynh didn’t return to a gathering spot after their group got here beneath heavy hearth within the Kharkiv area of northeastern Ukraine close to the Russian border on June 9. The two traveled individually to assist Ukraine and have become buddies there partially due to their shared Alabama background, kin have stated.

The U.S. State Department stated it was wanting into studies that Russian or Russian-backed separatist forces in Ukraine had captured not less than two American residents. If confirmed, they’d be the primary Americans combating for Ukraine identified to have been captured because the warfare started Feb. 24.
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