US nationwide held in DPR custody – media — RT World Information

The Guardian has reported that Suedi Murekezi was captured within the metropolis of Kherson final month

The variety of Americans captured by pro-Russian troops in Ukraine could also be greater than beforehand thought, The Guardian has claimed. The newspaper reported on Wednesday that one other US nationwide has been in custody of the Donetsk Folks’s Republic (DPR) since final month. That is along with two different Individuals recognized to be held.

In keeping with the report, citing the captive’s brother, Suedi Murekezi, 35, was apprehended in June within the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Kherson, which is at present below Russian management. Buddies of his residing within the metropolis first observed Murekezi’s disappearance on June 8, the paper claimed.

His brother, Sele Murekezi, instructed journalists that Suedi had been residing in Kherson since 2020, having moved to Ukraine two years earlier.

The detained man’s family members insisted that he had not participated within the preventing and had been falsely accused of collaborating in pro-Ukrainian protests.

Sele was in a position to attain his brother by telephone final Thursday for the primary time since his disappearance, The Guardian reported. Suedi reportedly mentioned that he was being held within the DPR metropolis of Donetsk in the identical jail as two different Americans, Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who had allegedly served within the Ukrainian navy as volunteers previous to their seize. The DPR authorities, nonetheless, insist that Drueke and Tai Ngoc Huynh have been mercenaries and must be held accountable as such.

When requested for remark, the US Division of State confirmed that it was “conscious of reviews” of Murekezi’s detention however declined to enter element, citing “privateness issues.

The Guardian additionally reached out to Russian and DPR authorities however acquired no response, in line with the paper. No official statements relating to the American citizen’s arrest have been forthcoming both.

The paper reported that Murekezi was born in Rwanda, however his household fled to the US after the 1994 genocide. He’s mentioned to have served within the US Air Pressure for eight years earlier than retiring in 2017. He subsequently reportedly started investing in cryptocurrencies – presumably an curiosity that ultimately introduced him to Ukraine, which was recognized for its liberal regulation of digital currencies.

In early March, Russian forces took over Kherson, the place the American had been residing.

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