United States Air Force veteran Suedi Murekezi, a volunteer foreign fighter, has been allegedly captured by Russian backed separatists in Ukraine,. He is the third reported American to be captured since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
Murekezi’s brother, Sele, told the British news agency The Guardian that the 35-year-old veteran Suedi, who was born in Rwanda, had been detained by Russian soldiers in Kherson, Southern Ukraine, for reportedly taking part in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations in the city of Donetsk.
According to Sele, his brother had not been in contact with him for a month until Suedi finally called on July 7 and informed him that he was currently detained in Donetsk.
“We are all extremely worried for his well-being. He is obviously in danger,” said Sele, and claimed that the Russians are using Suedi as a “pawn for their [Russian] own propaganda purpose.”
According to Murekezi’s friends and relatives, accusations against Murekezi were untrue.
Murekezi’s acquaintances in Kherson said that they became aware of his disappearance when they discovered that his car, which was an American Dodge Challenger that bore US license plates, was no longer parked close to his apartment.
Suedi also disclosed to Sele that he was housed in the same prison as Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh and Alex Drueke, the two American veterans who were previously taken from the city of Kharkiv for fighting as volunteers.
A spokesperson from the US State Department said the US government is “aware of these unconfirmed reports,” but offered no further comments due to “privacy considerations.”
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