It is being reported that the Russians have captured two Americans, former US servicemen who have been fighting as volunteers in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This story was broken by The Telegraph.

The two former US servicemen, Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh headed to Ukraine to be volunteers to fight against the Russians. They were later assigned to the 92 Mechanized Infantry Regiment, a regular Ukrainian army unit. According to the report by The Telegraph, the two US veterans were captured while fighting near Kharkiv in the northeast.

Alexander Drueke, 39, is reportedly from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He signed up with the US Army after the 9/11 attacks.  Drueke served in Iraq as a Staff Sergeant. His mother confirmed that he was a top gunner escorting VIPs in Baghdad and had been suffering from PTSD ever since. He did try a career as a policeman, but it did not pan out as his PTSD worsened.

“Alex felt strongly that Mr. Putin needed to be stopped. It would lead to another world war,” Drueke’s mother said. “He said that [he] knew how to train people and could do his small part.”