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US Urges Russia “Humane Treatment” Of Its Captured Citizens In Ukraine

The 2 US residents have gone lacking In Ukraine and feared captured by Russia, households mentioned.

Washington:

The United States on Thursday urged Russia to deal with any American volunteers captured whereas preventing alongside Ukrainian troops as prisoners of battle assured humane therapy.

The State Department additionally mentioned {that a} third American was believed to be lacking in Ukraine along with two navy veterans who have been reportedly seized by Russian forces in a pitched battle final week.

“The Russians have certain obligations and members of the Ukrainian armed forces — including volunteers who may be third-country nationals incorporated into the armed forces — should be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions,” State Department spokesman Ned Price instructed reporters.

Prisoners of battle should be “afforded the treatment and protections commensurate with that status, including humane treatment and fundamental process and fair-trial guarantees,” he mentioned.

Families and members of Congress mentioned Wednesday that Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, each US navy veterans who had been dwelling in Alabama, misplaced contact with their family final week whereas preventing with Ukrainian forces close to the Russian border.

Price mentioned the United States couldn’t affirm particulars on the pair and in addition that there have been reviews of a 3rd US citizen who was mentioned to have gone lacking “in recent weeks.”

The Geneva Conventions, originating within the 19th century and up to date after World War II, outline the rights of prisoners of battle together with barring torture and guaranteeing medical therapy.

Under former president George W Bush, the United States controversially labelled fighters detained within the “war on terror” as enemy combatants slightly than prisoners of battle, circumventing protections underneath the Geneva Conventions.

President Joe Biden’s administration, whereas sending billions of {dollars} value of weapons and financial support to Ukraine, argues that the United States isn’t straight preventing Russia and has discouraged Americans from touring to the battle zone.

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