Andy Huyn, an American mercenary who surrendered and fought on the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said he was afraid of being sentenced to death. On June 17, he told Izvestia war correspondent Alexander Safiulin about this.
The 27-year-old American who laid down his arms was taken prisoner along with 39-year-old comrade Alexander Dryuke near Kharkov.
According to him, when he left for Ukraine, his parents were very upset by his decision. No one in the family wanted him to go to the Donbass, and they hardly know that he was captured.
“I understand that I can be sentenced to death. I hope this doesn’t happen. I mean, I didn’t mean to kill anyone. I don’t know if my words mean anything here. I hope they will release me,” the American said.
He said that after the start of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass, he began to watch the news and follow the situation. The Western media, he said, made it look like the Russian military was “killing people indiscriminately.”
The understanding that he became a victim of propaganda came already in Ukraine. Arriving there, the man realized that the Western media lied not only about the “bad Russians”, but also hid the real state of affairs in the Ukrainian troops. At the same time, according to him, in each of the training camps he always faced the same thing – corruption, problems with equipment and incompetence.
Earlier, on June 9, it was reported that the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) sentenced two foreign mercenaries from the UK – Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner – to death. Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim was also convicted. Within a month, foreigners will be able to appeal against the court decision.
In early June, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation named the number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. According to the official representative of the department, Igor Konashenkov, their number has decreased from 6.6 thousand to 3.5 thousand people. Most of them were destroyed in battle due to poor training and their lack of real combat experience.
According to the chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin, more than 70 foreign mercenaries in Ukraine have become defendants in criminal cases. Militants from Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Norway, Georgia and other countries have been brought to justice. The Investigative Committee of Russia clarified that the Ukrainian armed formations include mercenaries from more than 50 countries of the world.
Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people. Moscow also emphasized that strikes were carried out only on military infrastructure.
The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been fighting against the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine.
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