Kremlin comments on captured US ‘soldiers of fortune’

Americans captured in Donbass are “soldiers of fortune” whose fate will be decided by the courts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Read Full Article at RT.com

Kremlin comments on captured US ‘soldiers of fortune’
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Kremlin comments on captured US ‘soldiers of fortune’

Courts will decide the fate of captured foreign fighters, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

Two American citizens captured in Ukraine are “soldiers of fortune” and their fate will be decided by the courts, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told NBC News in an interview on Monday. Peskov also said that jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner cannot be considered a “hostage.” 

NBC News on Monday, adding, “We will never trust [the] West anymore.”

Asked about Drueke and Huynh, Peskov said their fate would “depend on the investigation.” He called them “soldiers of fortune” who were involved in “illegal activities” and fired on Russian troops, for which they should be punished. 

“There will be a court, and there will be a court decision,” Peskov told NBC News’ Keir Simmons.

sentenced to death. The trio denied being mercenaries and are appealing the verdict. 

While Aslin, Pinner and Ibrahim had been captured by DPR troops near Mariupol, Drueke and Huynh told RT they had surrendered to a Russian patrol. Both Donbass republics and Russia have maintained that foreign fighters who came to fight for Kiev are mercenaries and therefore unlawful combatants who are not protected under the Geneva Conventions.

remains in jail. Griner was not a “hostage,” he said, but someone who was being investigated for breaking Russian law. Police said they found vape cartridges with hash oil in Griner’s luggage at Sheremetyevo airport. If convicted of possession of an illegal substance, she could face up to 10 years behind bars.