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Geneva Convention does not apply to US mercenaries captured in Ukraine

Russia pointed out that it cannot guarantee that gringo mercenaries do not face the death penalty

The Geneva Convention does not apply to the two Americans, accused of mercenarism, and recently captured by Russian forces in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported Tuesday.

“We are talking about mercenaries who threatened the lives of our military. And not only ours, but also the military of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic. It is precisely mercenarism that they are accused of," the Kremlin official stressed, a TASS note reported.

Last week, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph, the two former US servicemen, Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were captured near Kharkov. 

Peskov stressed that "the scope of the Geneva Convention does not and cannot involve them."

Putin's press secretary noted that the actions of the captured Americans "must be investigated and brought to justice." 

Capital punishment

Given the situation faced by the two US soldiers accused of mercenarism, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, did not rule out the possibility that the court sentenced them to death. 

Russia cannot guarantee that former US military personnel who were captured in Ukraine will not face death penaltyKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with NBC television that aired on Monday, TASS reported.

“We cannot exclude anything because this is a judicial decision. We never comment on them and, furthermore, we have no right to interfere in judicial decisions”, he insisted.

The American prisoners of war could face the same fate as Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun, who were previously sentenced to death by a court in the Donetsk People's Republic, the note said.

Special operation in Ukraine

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years."

Following this decision, the United States and its allies announced the introduction of extensive sanctions against Russia and increased arms deliveries to Kyiv.

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