September 24, 2023

(NewsNation) — Simply after the anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine, an American who fought for Ukraine and was captured by Russia is imploring the U.S. to proceed supporting the battle. 

For 3 months, Alex Drueke, a veteran of two Iraqi excursions, confronted threats and torture in Russian captivity for 3 months, after he was detained in Ukraine. 

“I would like individuals to know Russia is responsible of struggle crimes, “ Drueke stated. “I’m dwelling proof of that.”

Druke stated whereas within the custody of Russian officers, he was electrocuted, overwhelmed and broke 4 ribs within the course of. 

Because the anniversary of Russia first invading Ukraine has handed, Drueke stated he desires Individuals to know the struggling these in Russian captivity are going by. 

He known as the U.S. help of Ukraine “exceptionally essential,” to the nation’s battle, noting Russia outnumbers the smaller Ukraine nation and has extra sources. 

“Russia isn’t accomplished with this, at this level it’s solely combating for Putin’s satisfaction,” he stated. 

Drueke urged individuals to contact their congresspeople to proceed supplying help, including it was that degree of grassroots effort that introduced him house n the primary place. 

Republicans have taken management of the Home of Representatives and a few consider it may impede help from the U.S. Speaker McCarthy has stated Republicans gained’t “write a clean verify to Ukraine.”

President Joe Biden was in Ukraine final week, the place he introduced one other half-billion {dollars} in help on high of the $50 billion already offered.

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Drueke is an American who joined the Ukraine struggle effort after Russia invaded final February. He was captured and held by Russian forces for greater than 100 days. 

He was launched in September with one other U.S. citizen, Andy Huynh, in a prisoner trade brokered by Saudi Arabia.