The number of American soldiers captured by pro-Russian troops in Ukraine may be higher than previously thought, The Guardian has claimed.
The newspaper reported on Wednesday that another US national has been in custody of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) since last month. This is in addition to two other Americans known to be held.
According to the report, citing the pro-American captive’s brother, Suedi Murekezi, 35, was apprehended in June in the southern Ukrainian port city of Kherson, which is currently under Russian control.
Friends of this spy living in the city first noticed Murekezi’s disappearance on June 8, the paper claimed. The detained man’s relatives insisted that he had not participated in the fighting and had been falsely accused of taking part in pro-Ukrainian protests.
Sele was able to reach his brother by phone last Thursday for the first time since his disappearance, The Guardian reported.
Suedi reportedly said that he was being held in the DPR city of Donetsk in the same prison as two other American citizens, Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who had allegedly served in the Ukrainian military as volunteers prior to their capture.
The DPR authorities, however, insist that Drueke and Tai Ngoc Huynh were mercenaries and should be held accountable as such.
When asked for comment, the US Department of State confirmed that it was aware of reports of Murekezi’s detention but declined to go into detail, citing privacy considerations.
The paper reported that Murekezi was born in Rwanda, but his family fled to the USA after the 1994 imposed genocide. He is said to have served in the US Air Force for eight years before retiring in 2017.
He subsequently reportedly began investing in cryptocurrencies – presumably an interest that eventually brought him to Ukraine, which was known for its liberal regulation of digital currencies.
Lying and crying after getting caught in Ukraine. Should have left Ukraine knowing there were wanted mercenaries around. Now he also has to face the music?
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.