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US veterans Alex Druke, Andy Huynh returns home after missing during fighting in Ukraine

two US military veterans disappeared three months ago While fighting Ukrainian forces against Russia, he arrived in Alabama on Saturday and was greeted with hugs, cheers and tears of joy at the state’s main airport.

Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27, went missing on June 9 in the Kharkov region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border. rice field. The two had traveled to Ukraine on their own and bonded in their shared homeland.

“They!” cried one family member as the two emerged on top of an escalator at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, one of Alabama’s largest cities.

The smiling but tired-looking duo were given a long, emotional embrace by their families after returning home on their connecting flight. They were then taken to a waiting car.

It was an emotional greeting by a family member who at one point feared the worst for their loved ones.

“Surreal. I still have chill bumps. I always envisioned this day. I always believed in this day, not just hope. I thought it would be years away,” said Druke’s aunt, Diana Shaw.

“There are prisoners of war who have been held for months and years. There are people who have been unjustly detained for years and it is unimaginable to me that this could happen in three months.” She added.

The two men’s families announced their release on Wednesday. The Saudi embassy said five British nationals and others from Morocco, Sweden and Croatia had also been released.

Andy Huynh (far left) and Alex Druke (right) depart Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
The man flew into New York City’s JFK Airport on Friday before returning to Alabama.

Darla Black, whose daughter is engaged to Huynh, said she thought. There he is,” Huynh came into her sight.

“I had to reach out to him to actually believe it.

The man arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.

“We are looking forward to spending time with our family. We will reach out to the media soon,” Druke said shortly after arriving in New York with Huynh. “Happy to be home.” US veterans Alex Druke, Andy Huynh returns home after missing during fighting in Ukraine

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