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State Department in contact with Ukraine over US citizens reportedly captured

Two Americans that volunteered to fight alongside Ukrainians forces were captured in combat near Kharkiv last week, according to a report from the Telegraph.

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The State Department said Wednesday is in contact with Ukrainian authorities to find out the fate of two former US servicemen reportedly captured while fighting against Russian forces in Ukraine.

Two Americans that volunteered to fight alongside Ukrainian forces were captured in combat near Kharkiv last week, according to a report from the Telegraph.

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The mother of one of those captured told the British outlet that she was in contact with the US Embassy in Kyiv, which “assured me that they are doing everything they can to find him and that they are searching for him alive, not dead.”

Asked about the captured Americans, a State Department official said they were aware of the unconfirmed reports of two US citizens captured in Ukraine. “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Ukrainian authorities,” the official told Al Arabiya English. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”

The official also echoed recent US warnings advising its citizens not to travel to Ukraine because Russian government security officials are singling out US citizens in Ukraine.

The fiancée of one of the missing Americans told CNN that the two men were missing but there were several scenarios still being looked at. “And one of them is that they might have been captured. But we don’t have absolute confirmation of that at this time.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, tweeted about the two missing men. “These men have enlisted in the Ukrainian army, and thus are afforded legal combatant protections. As such, we expect members of the Legion to be treated in accordance with the Geneva convention,” he said.

John Kirby, a National Security Council spokesperson, told reporters that he couldn’t confirm the reports. But if they are proven to be true, “we will do everything we can to get them back.”

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