MADRID, Sep. 22 (Moose Gazette) –
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday applauded the prisoner exchange negotiated between Ukraine and Russia and confirmed that among those released are two US citizens “captured while serving in the ranks of the Ukrainian Army.”
“The United States appreciates that Ukraine includes all prisoners of war, regardless of their nationality, in the negotiations, and we hope that these American citizens will be reunited with their families,” he said, before thanking Saudi Arabia “for helping lead this humanitarian initiative and facilitate the return of ten foreigners, including the two Americans who have been received by the Embassy team in Riyadh”.
Blinken has reiterated that “US citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the targeting of US citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security agencies.” “US citizens in Ukraine should leave the country immediately if it is safe to do so using any means of commercial or private transportation,” she explained.
“Americans traveling to Ukraine to participate in the fighting face significant risks and the United States cannot guarantee their safety. We encourage American citizens to devote their energies to the many other opportunities that exist to help Ukraine and its people.” , has riveted, according to a statement from the State Department.
The Government of Ukraine announced the exchange of prisoners early this Thursday, in which Russia released 215 soldiers, of which 108 belong to the Azov Battalion and another ten are foreign volunteers, in exchange for 55 Russian soldiers and of pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk.
During the day on Wednesday, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, announced that among the ten foreign prisoners of war released were five British. The released Americans are Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, both from Alabama, who enlisted in the Ukrainian Army and were part of what is known as the Foreign Legion, made up of up to 55 different nationalities, according to the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’.