Ukraine: Did Russia capture two former American soldiers after fierce fighting near Kharkov? – Politics abroad

This report could be a political explosive …

For the first time since the beginning of the war on February 24 Russia in Ukraine he took two Americans as prisoners of war. Alexander D. (39) and Andy H. (27) fell into Putin’s troops last Thursday during fierce fighting 50 miles east of Kharkov as the British “Wirereported.

Both men had previously served in the US military. Alexander volunteered after the 9/11 attacks, he was a convoy gunner in Iraq. Andy spent four years with the Marines, an elite unit, but with no combat experience.


According to President Zelenský, around 20,000 foreign fighters are to fight on the side of Ukraine voluntarily - as in the photo from SieverodonetskFoto: SERHII NUZHNENKO/REUTERS

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According to President Zelenský, around 20,000 foreign fighters are to fight on the side of Ukraine voluntarily – as in the photo from SieverodonetskPhoto: SERHI NUZHNENKO / REUTERS

The last time the Americans fought voluntarily alongside the Ukrainian army. Last Thursday, they were ordered to patrol the village of Izbytske, which is about eight kilometers from the Russian border. The mission turned into a disaster.

“We were told that the village was secure, but then it turned out that the Russians were already attacking it,” a comrade of Americans told the Telegraph. “They arrived on the road with two T72 tanks and several BMP3 armored personnel carriers and about 100 infantry. The only thing that was there was our ten-member unit. “

Alexander and Andy’s comrades set up an anti-tank mine while two Americans grab a rocket launcher. “They all hid in hiding and waited for the tank to cross the mine, but Alex and Andy saw an armored personnel carrier arriving from the woods. They understood that he would kill most of us and destroyed him with the first shot, “said a comrade who wished to remain anonymous.

Bitter: Andy and Alexander attract the attention of the T-72 with their rescue shot. The tank fires at the two, but it seems to have passed. For their comrades, the next few minutes are blurred in the fog of war.

When the tank is destroyed and the fight is over, one thing is certain: the two Americans are gone. Her friend says: “It was all very chaotic, but we believe that the force of the explosion – either a tank grenade or a mine – knocked them unconscious. Because during the subsequent inspections we did not find any traces of them. “

Instead, the rest of the section read a report on the Russian television channel Telegram that night: “Today we have captured ten to twenty Ukrainian soldiers, including two American mercenaries,” says the channel, which is supposed to be run by Russian soldiers.

The source of the “Telegraph” is convinced that it is Alexander and Andy: “Otherwise it would be too much of a coincidence. We are the only Americans fighting here. “

Possible capture is not confirmed. A State Department spokesman merely said the government had been informed of its missing citizens. The Kremlin is still silent about the incident.

If Alexander and Andy were really captured, it would be highly explosive. Because they would be the first Americans to fall into the hands of Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin (69) after his troops invaded Ukraine.


Brit Aiden Aslin, Moroccan Saaudun Brahim and Brit Shaun Pinner were sentenced to death in the Foto: IMAGO/SNA

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Brit Aiden Aslin, Moroccan Saaudun Brahim and Brit Shaun Pinner were sentenced to death in the “Donetsk People’s Republic”.Photo: IMAGO / SNA

The capture of Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saaudun Brahim is a good indicator of the extent of the diplomatic crisis. Two Britons and Moroccans were sentenced to death by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic – in fact, puppets of the Putin regime – for fighting for Ukraine.