“Two Americans who were captured while fighting in Kiev’s armed forces have endangered the lives of Russian servicemen and should be held accountable for the crimes they have committed,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pesko. during an interview he gave to the American television network NBC News.
At the same time, he expressed his disgust with the fact that a representative of the Russian government did not rule out the possibility that the Americans who were taken prisoner in Ukraine could face the death penalty, was expressed today by John Kerby, coordinator of the US National Security Council.
“We can not rule out anything, because these are decisions that concern the courts. “We never comment on them and we do not have the right to interfere in court decisions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said earlier, when asked if Americans could be tried on Russian separatist soil and sentenced to death.
“We are talking about mercenaries who threatened the lives of our military personnel. “Not only ours, but also the military personnel of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics,” Peshkov added.
According to Interfax, the two Americans are now in the Russian-backed self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. If this information is confirmed, 27-year-old Andy Huen and 39-year-old Alexander Druki – both from Alabama – are indeed in Donetsk, fears that they may be charged in the territory of pro-Russian separatists will intensify.
Britain’s Sean Piner and Eden Ashlin and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun were sentenced to death by a Russian-backed Donetsk separatist earlier this month after being captured while fighting in the Ukrainian army.