#USA Welcome dwelling! US military veterans captured by Russia while fighting in Ukraine arrive in NYC #USNews
Two American veterans captured by the Russians while fighting in Ukraine have been returned to the United States on Friday, to be united with their overjoyed households.
Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, have been each freed on Wednesday as a part of a Saudi-brokered prisoner swap.
The pair landed again at New York’s JFK airport round midday on Friday, and have been taken to the TWA Hotel by the terminal.
‘I’ve been knowledgeable that Andy and Alex are again on American soil,’ tweeted Robert Aderholt, an Alabama congressman.
‘These are undoubtedly answered prayers!’
Alexander Drueke, 39, proper, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, are seen on Friday arriving on the lodge by JFK airport. The pair flew in from Saudi Arabia, after the Saudis brokered a deal to launch them from Russian captivity
The pair, military veterans who didn’t know one another till they went to Ukraine, have been each captured in June
Drueke and Huynh are seen leaving the airport on Friday. They have been the primary Americans fighting for Ukraine identified to have been captured because the struggle started on February 24
Huynh and Drueke’s family have been touring to New York to satisfy them, and so they have been anticipated to return to Alabama on Saturday.
The pair went lacking in early June in the Kharkiv area of northeastern Ukraine, which is close to the Russian border.
They have been the primary Americans fighting for Ukraine identified to have been captured because the struggle started on February 24.
Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black, 21, advised USA Today earlier this week that she was at work when her telephone confirmed an incoming name from Saudi Arabia, which she didn’t reply.
She then acquired a voicemail from the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, saying the lads had been freed.
She stated she was ‘comfortable for the primary time in like 4 months.’
Drueke’s aunt Dianna Shaw stated they’d not been advised the swap was being ready.
‘I requested Alex yesterday if he knew he was being freed and he advised me that they didn’t perceive what was occurring for a number of hours,’ she stated on Friday.
Drueke is pictured shortly after his seize. He served as a chemical operations specialist in the Army Reserve from 2002 to 2014 and deployed to Kuwait in 2004 and to Iraq in 2008
Huynh, pictured in June, stated that he traveled to Ukraine in April to combat alongside the Ukrainians
Early in the struggle, Ukraine created the International Legion for international residents who needed to assist defend in opposition to the Russian invasion.
Drueke served as a chemical operations specialist in the Army Reserve from 2002 to 2014 and deployed to Kuwait in 2004 and to Iraq in 2008.
Huynh spoke to his native newspaper, the Decatur Daily, shortly earlier than flying to Eastern Europe in April.
He was born and raised in Orange County, California, to Vietnamese immigrants and moved to northern Alabama two years in the past to be nearer to his fiancee.
He defined that he was finding out robotics at Calhoun Community College however couldn’t cease occupied with Russia’s invasion. He had enlisted in the Marines when he was 19 and served for 4 years, although he didn’t see lively fight.
‘I do know it wasn’t my drawback, however there was that intestine feeling that I felt I needed to do one thing,’ Huynh advised the Decatur Daily.
‘Two weeks after the struggle started, it stored consuming me up inside and it simply felt unsuitable. I used to be dropping sleep.
‘All I may take into consideration was the scenario in Ukraine.’
He stated he determined to fly out as soon as he realized that younger Ukrainians have been being drafted into service.
‘Right once they turned 18, they have been pressured to enlist in the military to defend their homeland,’ Huynh stated.
‘Honestly, that broke my coronary heart. I’d say that’s most likely the second the place I made a decision that I’ve to do one thing.’