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Could US Citizens Captured In Ukraine Be Exchanged

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This week SouthFront published the appeals and stories of US mercenaries Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, who were captured in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine in June 2022. LINK, LINK

At the same time, the US media began to raise the question of what are the options of returning US citizens to their homeland. Apparently, given all the circumstances of Alexander Drueke’s and Andy Huynh’s detention, this is only possible through an exchange procedure.

US officials say they are in constant contact with their Ukrainian counterparts and are making every effort to include the mercenaries on the exchange list. Previously, the warring sides had already exchanged prisoners of war on several occasions. However, from the point of view of Russia and the DPR, these individuals do not have the status of prisoners of war because they are citizens of a third country who took part in the conflict for fees. In other words, they are considered criminals who are accused of committing a number of crimes against citizens of Russia and the DPR.

 

In particular, they have been charged under Article 430 of the DPR Criminal Code. This article is identical to Article 359 of the Russian Criminal Code.

Under Article 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR and Article 359 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, a mercenary is a person acting for the purpose of material reward who is not a citizen of a state participating in an armed conflict or hostilities, does not reside permanently in its territory, and has not been sent to perform official duties.

An important fact is that legal actions against detainees are carried out by DPR law enforcement agencies, not Russians. Apparently, this is due to the fact that in July 2022, the DPR authorities lifted the ban on the death penalty as a capital punishment. Previously, the other 3 foreign mercenaries (Shaun Pinner, Aidan Aslin, and Saadoun Brahim) had already been sentenced to death and are awaiting execution. The only chance for these convicts to stay alive was the act of pardon by the head of the DPR, Denis Pushylin.

Could US Citizens Captured In Ukraine Be Exchanged

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It is likely that a similar sentence will be passed on Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh.

An exchange of mercenaries for DPR or Russian military personnel seems hardly probable due to their legal status. Does this mean that the Americans’ fate is sealed? Definitely not. There are procedures of political exchange of convicts, which have happened many times before between the USA and the Russian Federation (USSR). The last case took place on April 27, 2022, when US citizen Trevor Raudi Reed, who had been previously convicted in the Russian Federation, was exchanged for Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had been convicted in the US. Legally, the procedure was formalised through acts of pardon.

Thus, it is possible for US citizens to avoid the death penalty and return home. There are about 400 Russian nationals in US prisons, a significant part of whom are convicted on political grounds. Perhaps the most striking example is Viktor Bout, who has already served half of his sentence in a US prison.

However, there are several pitfalls to the political dialogue on prisoner exchanges.

Firstly, there are not even indirect contacts between the US and the DPR. It is hard to imagine that Washington will go for even unofficial contacts with Donetsk for the sake of individual citizens, as this would mean recognizing the DPR as an actor in international relations.

Contacts along the US-Ukrainian-Russian-DPR line appear to be of little use. As written above, Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh do not have POW status. An exchange would be possible through the Ukrainian side if the POWs were officially members of the US army, were in Ukraine as instructors under a US-Ukrainian agreement and of course were not directly involved in hostilities. The latter condition is mandatory, as the US does not recognise itself as a party to the Ukrainian conflict.

This leaves the US-Russia-DPR channel as the most effective. On this path, the main obstacle will be the public opinion of the DPR residents. During 8 years of Kiev aggression, almost every inhabitant of the republic has lost their relatives or close ones. People in the DPR are eager for revenge. In order for the exchange to take place, the leadership of the republic will need very convincing arguments as to why foreign mercenaries sentenced to death or long prison terms have been pardoned and handed over to the Russian side for further exchange.

However, there are signals that Russia and part of the DPR leadership are still open to talks with the US. The success of the talks will entirely depend on the political will of Washington. On what price the American establishment is ready to pay to demonstrate to its population its commitment to the principle of protecting its citizens abroad in every possible way. For now, unfortunately for the captives, Biden has not thought of anything better to do than to announce some kind of new sanctions against those involved in holding US citizens captive. How the “sanctions” are supposed to help the Americans return home, the oldest US president did not say. The situation is also complicated by the emerging information that US official structures, in particular USAID through intermediaries, are behind the recruitment and organization of US mercenaries trafficking into Ukraine.

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William White

Yes, in exchange for some common sense and civilized behavior.

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NATO's PROXYTUTE

Swap is possible in my humble opinion but the first condition to initiate a formal contact is for the US & UK to recognize DPR & LPR as sovereign states as counterparts in the negotiations, so a swap could then take place between the filthy criminals with no less than Julian Assange to join Edward Snowden in Moscow.

Vanya

Anything is possible considering the oligarch government in Moscow just signed a deal agreeing not to take Odessa.

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Tercio

Alguna prueba de lo que dices?

Kelso

You had an ukronazi wet dream didn’t ya? 💦 🍆

lol

Jens Holm has wet dreams about these two U.S. phags every night

Jens Holm.

me love mericians sperm

Iren

We will take Odessa without a fight and destruction like the Crimea. And it’s still early!

Jens Holm.

So You can be Mrs wet T-shit.

Jens Holmosexual

You are “Mrs” wet Trans T-shirt in Aarhus gay brothel for Yankee LGBT marines you dumb danish tranny hooker.

Jens Holm.

tranny sperm best in Denmark

Hjalmar

Exactly what I think will happen as well. Putin is not going to let the Kiev junta keep Odessa. As a matter of fact the total liberation of Novorussia is still on, which then also includes the liberation of the Grand Old Lady of the Black Sea. Everything comes to he who waits, and nobody can play the waiting game better than the Russian president.

Never Forgive, Never Forget

Do me a favor though. On your way in, drive a a few dozen naziukrops into a building and set it on fire, then beat the ones to death that managed to jump out of windows. You know, just to set Odessa a bit more back in balance.

And never forget, vengeance is a dish best served hot.

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NATO's PROXYTUTE

Please Iren, will you remind me the email add of kremlin or Putin.

Len

Make Julian Assange part of an exchange program.

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Ted

It’s a serius possibility. But this should be suggested by a third party

CDM

Exchanged? Hell no. It will only encourage others. They were so eager to kill Ruskies a few weeks ago and now they sing Russian anthem?! Screw them.

Make them an example for others.

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Jens Holm.

Its good propaganda.

Jens Holm.

why u so stupid?

This is the end of the world as we know it

It’s clear ur pro Russian so u most also understand that there are hundreds of dead Russian soilders bodies that a lot russian families would like back there are also a lot of captured Russian soilders that Russian families would like back think before u type dumbass

I can see that you didn’t read Tarass Bulba, War and Piece and Brothers Karamazov, so your horizont is limited, sorry.

Never Forgive, Never Forget

Dostoevsky has been banned in Ukraine. Probably because Crime and Punishment scares the hell out of that fascist regime masquerading as a democracy, thinking how the Russians will finally bring them to justice.

Raskolnikov had a conscience though, Ukraine’s leaders have none nor do their allies so maybe I’m mistaken.

Matt

If it’s Vlad Putin in the “Fifth Column” front office that has been on the fence since his “rebuilding of Tartus” facility and allowing Eastern Luhansk and Donetsk militia(s) to fend for themselves the past 8 years until literally 5 months ago… Then… Yeah I’d say he’s more than capable of not setting (https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/reports-u-s-admiral-surrenders-to-russia-in-mariupol-ukraine) a critical example at the right place or the right time to remain in the UN whore h0u$e at his country’s expense!…

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Vanya

Exactly, for eight years they should have been building concrete ammo depots and fortifications.

Tercio

Claro que sí, en vez de estar dándose por el culo entre ukronazis e ingleses

Pavi

Kill’em all

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Stepan Bandera in Hell

Kill them all and let Bandera sort them out!

Pavi

Translation: The Russian army regularly strikes targets in Ukraine with quasi-ballistic, aeroballistic or cruise missiles of operational-tactical, medium and long range, sea, land and air based. The enemy is still waiting for them to run out, but this will never happen – the industry has already reached such a rate of production that it covered the mass consumption of missiles and various guided munitions since the first days of the SMO. Now their production exceeds the daily consumption. That is, the stocks of these weapons, on the contrary, are growing.

Vanya

If you believe Masonic oligarch Russia has any industrial capacity like that you are cray cray.

jorge

Yeah, “Einstein”, Vladimir Vladimirovich said that they even haven’t starting nothing.

Joe Bidens Dementia

If you believe you have any intellectual capacity you are gay gay

Stephen King

My hero, whoever he was.

Salamender

Yeah, Stephen, You should write a novel about Bandera. Since you only write horror stories, that would certainly be interesting to read. You could even add a chapter on Zelensky, at the end.

Hjalmar

As long as they don’t have blood on their hands, they might be exchanged for Russians in captivity. Murderers, however, must never be exchanged — They need to pay the ultimate price for their evil acts!

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Ralph Zaretsky

They’re not soldiers, they’re international terrorists. They should be treated as such.

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Erina

1 mercenary in exchange for 10 Russian soldiers and 1 ton of gold

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Salamender

No, no, no. 3 mercenaries for 3 Russian soldiers, + recognition of LPR, DPR and Crimea republics. That would settle quite a few things

Alex

So what you’re saying is… that Muricans are superior to Brits. Brit cannon fodder gets the death penalty but Murican cannon fodder gets exchanged?

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Q

Americans could be useful/valuable. Brits, Poles and other scum are not.

Jens Holm.

Danes are also verry useful. For cleaning American toilets.

World Traveller

Yes, they are quite helpful. They finish each toilet with a rinse of rose water and leave a fresh vase of pansies by the sink although I must say, the women seem to be a tad better at it.

Salamender

No, the Muricans would have to recognize DPR,LPR republics plus Crimea, to get their boys.

Donnchadh

Russia has obviously been listening to the posters on SF who complain about “Jewish control ” of some aspects of Russian life-quote- Moscow Court says it received a request from the Justice Ministry to LIQUIDATE the Russian branch of the “Jewish Agency ” -Israel is worried -“please dont do it Russia”.

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Donnchadh

Russia will STOP supplying oil to ANY country that caps its oil -oil to that country(s) will be redirected to those not complying with US demands.

Jens Holm.

Its fine with me. More like Russia is redirected by themself. Its going down.

Soon they will buy western drones to defend themself.

Jens Assholm

No one gives a flying fook what’s fine with you dumb monkey. Go choke on Yank banana and die from monkeypox you lobotomized chimpanzee.

Yuri

your stupidity can only be understood as combination of senility and bitterness derived from a socially spiritually impoverished life

NATO's PROXYTUTE

The wankers of Western alliance remains in deep delusion of applying a cap over the oil prices which will never gonna happen… 5.600 roubles per barrel.. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

Good Grief

A two-year old could figure out how to get around that stupid price-cap scheme/scam.

Donnchadh

The countries obeying America have to know the cost in suffering of their own populations -unrest when oil price skyrockets causing resentment with America and their own government.

Jens Holm.

Sure. No one else listen to Father and Mother Putin.

USA#1!

If russia doesn’t return US citizens ASAP it will be totally destroyed…

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hunter bidé lab pork !

us lgtbs terrorists outside disneygayland should be station in your anus and Kabum !!!!

Jens Holm.

No way. Thats not dependent at all.

Football as FIFA 23 is more important.

AlanWilliamovich

rofl

Cromwell

Put the glue bag down.

Vladimir

if you don’t swallow for Leroy he will rent your rectum for 3 rubles per hr in your west virginny trailer park

Joe Biden Is A Senile Pedo

But half of your transgender faggot Battalions will probably kill themselves before they finish basic training or reach the front line!

Jens Holm.

Bla bla bla + blah

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hmm

that makes more sense than your usual gibberish

SM.

Take the 3 UK mercenaries and exchange them for JULIAN ASSANGE.

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hunter bidé lab pork !

the royal pedos have pedo covid and think with the anus !!! so the queen of prostiputes think everything is novovitch that she puts in the anus !!!

Cromwell

They deserve to return in a bin liner.

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Assad Defeated Zionists

Let the Americans go but kill the Sunni-Wahhabi and the ugly fat pig.

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TheRightToArmBears

Perhaps Washington might consider exchanging them for Mr Assange?

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Hostage (Raptar) Driver

Nobody wants these degenerates back. Execute the filth and make the world a better place.

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Jnoub

https://twitter.com/mintpressnews/status/1550498470057893889?s=21

If you’re having a bad day click on the tweet, US empire is falling which= Zionist empire falling

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Yupeng Gu

Nah chop their heads off and see what kind of loot boxes they drop

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jorge

Lets count, Boris Johnson -1, Mario Draghi -2, who’s the next?

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N007

Joe Biden. Oh wait, he already died years ago 😀

Joe Biden Is A Senile Pedo

German Chancellor Scholz then French President Macron, hopefully!

laxi

Victoria Nuland

Blek

Swap them for Julian Assange and give Assange Russian citizenship

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kymsheba

NO THEY CANNOT BE EXCHANGED! they went over there to kill for money and now they have been captured there are consequences for killing civilians by these nazi mercenaries and they are DEATH BY FIRING SQUAD. =Z=

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WillieBrennan

Hang them all.

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Ivan

America went to a no-declared war against Russia thru the Ukraine’s puppet, Zelensky. These guys arens’t soldiers, they are mercenaries or sick people looking for emotions and bloodshed, So, no exchanges in any way. We need to respect our boys killed bu such scum.

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