Two former US servicemen were captured during the special military operation in Ukraine, The Telegraph reports.
The servicemen were identified as 39-year-old Alexander Drueke, who served in Iraq, and 27-year-old Andy Huynh. They served as volunteers in a regular units of the Ukrainian army. The Americans were captured during the fighting near Kharkiv last week.
Task Force Baguette, a special group of foreign mercenaries, published a statement on Twitter saying that the two Americans named Bama and Hate were captured at around the same time. It has not been possible to contact them yet.
A comrade-in-arms of Drueke and Huynh said that the men were captured on a mission after they were provided with inaccurate data on the location of the Russian troops.
"We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it," he told The Telegraph, adding that there was a ten-man squad on the mission.
Earlier, a court in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) sentenced 48-year-old Briton Shaun Pinner and his 28-year-old compatriot Aiden Aslin, as well as 21-year-old Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, who fought on the Ukrainian side, to capital punishment. They were found guilty of mercenarism. The Ukrainian and British sides demanded the release of the military.
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