Americans captured in Ukraine: What led veterans Drueke, Huynh to go?

  • Russian state television Friday showed video of the two American military veterans, confirming they were taken captive in Ukraine.
  • Andy Huynh, 27, and Alex Drueke, 39, went missing last week during a battle near Kharkiv.
  • In the video, Drueke, speaking into the camera from what appeared to be an office, sent a message to his mother.

Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh knew he might not come back. So the 27-year-old former Marine drew up a will, said goodbye to his fiancée and left Hartselle, Alabama, in April to help Ukrainians repel Russian forces.

That same month, not far away in Tuscaloosa, former Army Sgt. Alexander Drueke, a 39-year-old Iraq war veteran, had deliberated for a month before deciding to pack his gear for Ukraine.