According to CNN, the third American missing in Ukraine was a retired US Marine Corps captain. Earlier, the channel reported on two Americans missing in Ukraine – 39-year-old Alexander Dryuk and 27-year-old Andy Hune from Alabama
Grady Kurpasi (right)
The third American identified by the State Department as missing in Ukraine was U.S. Marine veteran Grady Kurpasi. Kurpasi's friends and wife Khison Kim told CNN about this.
Kim and close friends last contacted Kurpasi on April 23-24, George Heath, a family friend of the missing infantryman, told CNN. Kurpasi served in the US Marine Corps for 20 years, retiring in November 2021, after which he decided to volunteer for Ukraine, Heath said.
“He wanted to go and help the Ukrainian people. In fact, he was not going to fight,»— he said.
According to him, on April 26, Kurpasi and several colleagues from Ukraine “were at a combat post,” after which fire was opened in their direction. Kurpasi and another soldier “went to find out what was going on.” Kurpasi then contacted the Ukrainian military to fire back, and “that was the last time they heard anything about him,” — Heath recounted the testimony of other members of the Foreign Legion with whom he spoke.
Also, according to him, the State Department had already informed Kurpasi's wife about the disappearance of a retired military man in Ukraine.
According to the TV channel, on At the time of his retirement, Grady Kurpasi was in the position of captain, commander of the headquarters company of the 2nd US Marine Regiment.
The day before, US State Department spokesman Ned Price reported a third missing American in Ukraine. “There are reports of another American whose whereabouts are unknown. I can't talk about the details of this case. Unfortunately, we do not know all the details of this case,»— Price said, adding that Washington “has an understanding” that the missing man went to Ukraine to participate in hostilities.
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On June 15, CNN reported on two former US military who came to Ukraine to participate in the hostilities on the side of Kyiv as volunteers and went missing near Kharkov. According to the channel, it was about 39-year-old Alexander Dryuk and 27-year-old Andy Hune, they both came from Alabama.
The Telegraph wrote that the men were captured by the Russian military last week during the fighting in the village of Izbitskoye in the Kharkiv region. The newspaper pointed out that Dryuke and Hyun are believed to be the first Americans captured by the Russians.
On February 27, a few days after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Kyiv's intention to enlist foreign volunteers in the fighting. Then he announced the creation of an international legion of territorial defense of Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense calls foreign volunteers mercenaries, the department has repeatedly reported on their destruction.
On June 9, the court of the Donetsk People's Republic sentenced British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, who were accused of participating in combat actions on the side of Ukraine as mercenaries. They will be able to appeal the verdict within a month. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that he saw no reason to pardon them. The head of the British Foreign Office, Liz Truss, said that London is doing everything to release the convicts. Pushilin ruled out the exchange of captured foreigners.