The regime of bloodthirsty Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears set on executing two captured US military veterans who were defending the liberty of Ukraine and the entire Free World.
The Moscow dictatorship is treating them as sheer mercenaries, thus denying them POW status and the respective protection they are entitled to under international law.
The message that Putin is either going to execute the two Americans by firing squad or exact a very high toll for freeing them has come from his closest mouthpiece, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in an interview for a US media outlet.
Captured as Russia Attempts to Regain Initiative at Key Ukrainian City
The two American fighters – Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh – fell into Russian captivity earlier this month in an ambush by superior invasion forces near the city of Kharkiv.
Both are natives of Alabama. Drueke is a former serviceman from the US Army who served in Iraq, while Huynh is a former US Marine.
While Ukraine almost liberated the region of Kharkiv, which is north of the Donbas region, in the past couple of weeks, Russians have been trying to regain the initiative there; that was how the two Americans got caught.
According to accounts by their comrades, their 10-men unit was ambushed by a 100-strong Russian company with several tanks.
Drueke and Huynh even managed to disable a T-72 Russian tank using only hand grenades before they disappeared and were later revealed to have been caught.
When asked about Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh, Dmitry Peskov claims to @KeirSimmons: "they are not Ukrainian army… they are not subject to the Geneva Conventions." That's not true. https://t.co/x6hu8oHdTC
— Molly Hunter (@mollymhunter) June 20, 2022
“It depends on the investigation,” Dmitry Peskov told NBC News senior international correspondent Keir Simmons when he was asked whether Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh would “face the same fate” as two British citizens and a Moroccanhttps://t.co/DyGfmPRPF7
— Steward Beckham 🇺🇸🇺🇦 🌻 (@iTweetyNerd) June 21, 2022
Putin Tells New Lies
Speaking in an interview for NBC News, Putin’s mouthpiece Dmitry Peskov obnoxiously denied the two captured American fighters any legal protection whatsoever.
This protection is supposed to be granted to them under the 1949 Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War.
According to Peskov, relaying Putin’s thoughts and intentions, the US military vets who went to Ukraine to help it defend its freedom and territory from the vicious invasion of the Russian hordes, are mere criminals.
Peskov even described Drueke and Huynh as “soldiers of fortune”.
Peskov even did the typical Russian thing, a Marxist-Communist trademark, by denying the obvious. He claimed Drueke and Huynh aren’t members of the Ukrainian military, even though they clearly are.
Respectively, based on the lie he told, the Putin operative concluded they could have no protection under the Geneva convention.
Earlier in June, two British military vets captured fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death by firing squad, alongside a Moroccan national who is even naturalized in Ukraine by marriage.
At the end of last week, Russia’s foreign-language propaganda network RT (Russia Today) released brief videos of Drueke and Huynh denouncing the war, seemingly under duress, with traces of torture on their faces.
Both of them, Huynh in particular, can be seen with very frightened expressions on their faces.
VIDEOS OF CAPTURED AMERICANS RELEASED: Russian State Media has released videos showing two U.S. veterans taken captive. @JamesAALongman reports as a third U.S. military veteran has been identified as also missing in Ukraine. https://t.co/fjJltbBo4Q pic.twitter.com/7gkKx5zM6n
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) June 18, 2022
For Americans thinking of coming to fight in Ukraine captured Alexander Drueke says “Don’t” pic.twitter.com/CvBkDTf6jZ
— Sarah 🇺🇸 (@LoveOurTrump) June 17, 2022
Russian media releases a video of what it says is Drueke, one of two Americans reportedly captured fighting alongside #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/Rsgz2zlwHi
— Joseph Haboush (@jhaboush) June 17, 2022
Statement of captured American fighter in ukraine Andy Huynh pic.twitter.com/fPIxITJqtW
— Sarah 🇺🇸 (@LoveOurTrump) June 17, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of June 21, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/gbL5dkIpRG
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 21, 2022