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American Fighters Captured In Ukraine Dedicated “Crimes”: Russia

Ukraine Struggle: US residents will not be topic to the Geneva Conventions, Russian official mentioned.


Two Individuals captured in Ukraine whereas combating with Kyiv’s navy had been “endangering” Russian troopers and ought to be “held accountable for those crimes,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Monday in an interview with NBC Information.

The interview marks the primary time the Kremlin has commented on the circumstances of Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, each US navy veterans, in response to NBC.

“They’re soldiers of fortune and they were involved in illegal activities on the territory of Ukraine. They were involved in firing and shelling our military personnel. They were endangering their lives,” Peskov informed the community, in English.

“They should be held responsible for those crimes that they have committed,” he added within the first bits of the interview made public.

“Those crimes have to be investigated.”

When pressed on what crimes the Individuals had dedicated, Peskov admitted their particular offenses weren’t but identified, however claimed that they’d not be lined by the Geneva conventions on prisoners of struggle.

“They are not (in the) Ukrainian army, so they are not subject to the Geneva Conventions,” the Kremlin spokesman mentioned.

Final week, a Russian state TV channel aired videos on social media of Drueke and Huynh. 

The circumstances underneath which the 2 males had been being held weren’t absolutely clear, nor who particularly was holding them. Peskov would solely say they had been being held by “authorities.”

As to whether or not they may face the loss of life penalty, Peskov mentioned: “It depends on the investigation.”

US President Joe Biden mentioned Friday that he didn’t know the whereabouts of Drueke and Huynh, who’re believed to have joined different foreigners in volunteering alongside Ukrainian troops.

A US State Division spokesperson on Saturday confirmed American authorities had seen the pictures and movies of the 2 US residents “reportedly captured by Russia’s military forces in Ukraine.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation and our hearts go out to their families during this difficult time,” the spokesperson informed AFP.

On the case of WNBA celebrity Brittney Griner, who’s being held in pre-trial detention in Russia on drug costs, Peskow strongly rejected the concept that she was being held as a hostage.

“We cannot call her a hostage. Why should we call her a hostage? She violated Russian law and now she is being prosecuted,” the Kremlin spokesman mentioned.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on costs of carrying in her baggage vape cartridges with hashish oil, which may carry a 10-year jail sentence.

Washington says that Russia has “wrongfully detained” the 31-year-old Griner and turned her case over to the US particular envoy accountable for hostages.

Her pre-trial detention has been prolonged till July 2.

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