US Mercenaries Will be Held Responsible for Their Crimes by Russia
June 24, 2022
MOSCOW, Russia—Two American mercenaries detained in Ukraine while fighting on the Ukrainian side of the war should face responsibility for their actions, the Kremlin said on Monday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during an interview with NBC Newsthat US basketball star Brittney Griner was guilty of drug offenses and not a hostage. During that same interview, Peskov stated that 27-year-old Andy Huynh and 39-year-old Alexander Drueke, both from Alabama, were being held and under investigation.
“They are soldiers of fortune. They were involved in illegal activities on the territory of Ukraine. They were involved in firing at and shelling of our military personnel. They were endangering their lives,” Peskov said.
Moscow pointed out this is no different from what the Continental Army did to England’s Hessian mercenaries during America’s Revolutionary War.
“And they should be held responsible for those crimes they have committed. Those crimes have to be investigated … The only thing that is clear is that they have committed crimes. They are not in the Ukrainian army. They are not subject to the Geneva Convention,” Peskov continued.
As two British citizens and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by firing squad by Moscow, Peskov made no guarantees the two captured U.S. mercenaries will not face the death penalty.
“Those guys on the battlefield were firing at our military guys. They were endangering their lives. There will be a court, and there will be a court decision. They should be punished.” Peskov stated.
The Kremlin did not disclose whether the Americans were being held in Russia or by pro-Russian forces fighting in Ukraine and added the treatment of the two Americans is not protected by the Geneva Conventions because they are not prisoners of war and they weren’t part of Ukraine’s regular army, reports NBC News.