The mother of a US military veteran who went missing while fighting Russian forces in Ukraine has spoken with her son by phone and was told that his captors were “anxious” to begin negotiating his release, the family revealed.
Lois “Bunny” Drueke, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, answered a call from what appeared to be a Russian exchange and talked to her son Alex Tuesday for nearly 10 minutes in their first conversation since he and another US veteran were captured after a battle near Kharkiv earlier this month.
Apparently at the prompting of his captors, Drueke, 39, said the people holding him were anxious to begin release talks and that he had food, water and bedding, Bunny Drueke said in a statement released by her family.
“He sounded tired and stressed, and he was clearly reciting some things he had been made to practice or read, but it was wonderful to hear his voice and know he’s alive and all right,” she said.
Drueke said he hadn’t been in contact with Andy Huynh, 27, another Alabama veteran who’d traveled to Ukraine, for several days, according to the woman.
Huyhn’s fiancée, Joy Black, said his family was thrilled Drueke was able to speak with his mother.
“We are still hoping to get a similar communication from Andy,” she said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Snejana Farberov