American mercenaries speak of “absolute chaos” in the battle near Kharkiv.
June 20, 2022 4:09 p.m.
A former American serviceman who fought alongside the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) told in an interview with CNN the battle he witnessed on June 9 near Kharkiv, when two American mercenaries, Andy Huynh and Alexander Druke, were captured. He also mentioned the numerical superiority of the Russian army.
The man, who calls himself Pip, said his unit was sent on a mission east of Kharkiv, where a large-scale Russian armored attack was underway. The unit had to retreat quickly, as more than 100 Russian infantry launched an offensive. Asked what happened to Huynh and Druke, Pip said he didn’t know.
Another mercenary involved in the battle, who was acting as a sergeant, said it was “absolute chaos” that day. “There were about a hundred infantry advancing on our positions. We had a T-72 that fired from 30-40 meters away,” he shared.
The United States, meanwhile, is also unable to confirm the whereabouts of the third mercenary who made it to Ukraine – veteran US Marines Grady Kurpasi. He retired in November 2021. “We don’t know where they are, but I want to repeat it: Americans must not go to Ukraine now,” said US basement chairman Joe Biden.
On June 15, The Telegraph reported: that the Russian army had captured two American mercenaries who had fought alongside kyiv in the suburbs of Kharkiv. According to the newspaper, Druke, 39, and Huynh, 27, would be the first American citizens taken prisoner.
Huynh said he was part of a detachment that belonged to a reconnaissance battalion. At one point a retreat order was given he and another soldier marched through the woods for a long time before surrendering to the Russian army.