Congressman Aderholt Announces Americans Andy Huynh and Alex Drueke Have Been Freed

By  | September 21, 2022 | Filed under: News

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt announced the news that Americans captured in Ukraine, Andy Huynh and Alex Drueke, have been freed according to Andy’s family.

“The family of Andy Huynh has informed my office that the two veterans have been freed from their captivity in eastern Ukraine,” said Congressman Aderholt.  “My office is working to get more information from the United States Department of State about the health of these men and how soon they will be brought home to their families in the U.S.”

“I want to say how thankful and relieved I am that they have been freed.  Having met with Joy and Darla Black, I know they are beyond relieved and excited for this news.  I know we all look forward to seeing them back safely, on American soil.”

According to the family of Andy Huynh, Andy and Alex are currently at the U.S. Embassy in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh where they are undergoing a medical evaluation.

Prisoners of war (five British citizens, one Moroccan, one Swede, one Croat, and two Americans) are seen in the tarmac after arriving, following successful mediation efforts by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from Russia to King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 21, 2022. Saudi Press Agency

Russia on Wednesday released 10 foreign prisoners of war captured in Ukraine following mediation by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi foreign ministry said.

The freed prisoners were American, British, Croatian, Moroccan and Swedish nationals, the ministry said in a statement, adding that a plane carrying the prisoners landed in the kingdom.

“The relevant Saudi authorities received and transferred them from Russia to the kingdom and are facilitating procedures for their respective countries,” the statement said. ~  Saudi Press Agency

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