TWO American veterans have been captured in Ukraine, becoming the first Russian prisoners of war from the US, reports say.
Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were reportedly seized by Russian troops just outside the northeast city of Kharkiv last week, according to The Telegraph.
The two service members were volunteering with a regular Ukrainian army unit before their capture, the outlet reported.
A comrade of the men, who asked not to be named, told The Telegraph that they had been captured after running into a large Russian force during a battle on June 9.
“We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel,” he told the outlet.
“We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it.
“They came down the road with two T72 tanks and multiple BMP3s and about 100 infantry. The only thing that was there was our 10-man squad.”
The comrade told the outlet that the squad had set up defense positions, during which Drueke and Huynh fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a Russian vehicle, destroying it.
However, the move drew the attention of a Russian tank that opened fire in their direction.
Moments later, the tank was crippled by an anti-tank mine, but the American vets vanished in the fog of battle.
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