Alabama soldiers free and returning home, family confirms

ALABAMA (WHNT) — Two Alabama veterans who were held captive in Ukraine after volunteering to help fight are officially free and on their way home, family members confirm.

“We are delighted to announce that Alex and Andy are free,” Dianna Shaw, Alex Drueke’s aunt, told News 19 states.

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Family members confirmed the couple’s outing to News 19 on Wednesday afternoon.

“We deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and especially the close communication and support of our elected officials,” Shaw added. “Ukrainian Ambassador Markarova, and our members from the U.S. Embassies in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and the U.S. State Department.”

Saturday September 17 marked 100 days since Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh decided to volunteer to help the Ukrainian military.

The two men’s families recently spoke with News 19 about the struggle over the past few months as they tried to cope and work to free the pair.

News 19 will endeavor to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

This is a developing story.


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