Editor’s note: This page recaps the news from Ukraine on Thursday, June 16. Follow here for the latest updates and news from Friday, June 17, as Russia’s invasion continues.

A third American who traveled to Ukraine to lend assistance in the war against Russia appears to be missing, amid growing indications the other two have been captured.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Thursday the department has been in contact with the family of the third U.S. citizen believed to be missing but did not reveal the person’s name.

CNN on Thursday also reported on a newly revealed photo that appears to show two American veterans from Alabama, Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, in the back of a Russian truck with their hands behind their backs. The report comes as the State Department says it is investigating unconfirmed reports that the Americans have been captured by Russian or Russian-backed forces. 

Both men, who have become friends, went missing after their group came under heavy fire in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border on June 9.

White House spokesman John Kirby stressed that the U.S. discourages Americans from fighting for Ukraine. “It is a war zone. It is combat,” Kirby said. “If you feel passionate about supporting Ukraine, there is any number of other ways to do that that are safer and just as effective. Ukraine is not the place for Americans to be traveling.”

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Latest developments

►Japanese budget airline Zipair Tokyo is dropping the “Z” logo on its aircraft because of its similarity with what has become a pro-invasion symbol in Russia.

►NHL officials will not allow the Stanley Cup to travel to Russia or Belarus this summer, forgoing the unofficial tradition of allowing players from those countries to travel there while spending a day with the cup. Officials informed both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche of the decision.