A photo emerged on Thursday of two American fighters in the back of a Russian military truck apparently confirming that they had been captured by Russian forces north of Kharkiv, Ukraine, last week.
The men are Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Hartselle, Alabama. The photo shows the two men looking at the camera with their hands behind their backs as if they were linked.
The undated photo was posted on Telegram on Thursday by a Russian blogger, The V, whose full name is Timofey Vasilyev, from Moscow. CNN cannot verify when it was taken.
Bunny Drueke, the mother of one of the Americans allegedly captured, said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that the US State Department told her they were working to verify the alleged photo.
“They said there was a photo circulating in the Russian media. And they are working hard to verify it,” Bunny Drueke said. “We are very hopeful.”
Drueke said his son went to Ukraine to train soldiers there to fight Russia because “he felt that if Putin wasn’t stopped now, he would get bolder with every success, and maybe he would end up be by ending up on American shores”.
More background: The two Americans who are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv, Ukraine, have been missing for nearly a week and are feared to have been captured by Russian forces, according to their families and a companion of fight.
There is very little information to identify the location of the vehicle, but a white box of food with falling cans has been identified by CNN’s Russian bureau as ‘vegetable mackerel’ made by the producer Russian food Fregat.
CNN has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.