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Released Americans arrive in Alabama

SHOTLIST:ASSOCIATED PRESSBirmingham, Alabama – 24 September 20221. Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh arriving at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International AirportANNOTATION: Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces arrived Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.2. Drueke and Huynh with Drueke's mother and Huynh's fiancéANNOTATION: Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh went missing in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border on June 9.3. Drueke and Huynh leaving Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International AirportANNOTATION: The Alabama residents were released earlier this week by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange.4. Drueke and Huynh leaving airportANNOTATION: They traveled to Ukraine on their own and bonded over their shared home state4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dianna Shaw, Alex Drueke's Aunt:++ PARTIALLY OVERLAID BY SHOTS 3 AND 5++"I always imagined this day. I always held not just hope but belief in this day. But I thought it was going to be two or three years from now at best. There are prisoners of war who have been held for months and years. There are people who have been detained wrongfully for years and for this to come about in three months is, just, unimaginable to me. Even though I'm living it, it feels unimaginable, and I don't want people to forget all the Ukrainians who are still being held, all the people who are still being wrongfully detained. We are still praying for them to come to their homes as well."5. Wide of Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh leaving in carSTORYLINE:Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting with Ukrainian forces against Russia arrived Saturday at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama.Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27, went missing in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border on June 9.The Alabama residents were released by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange.They had traveled to Ukraine on their own and bonded over their shared home state.The two were pulled into long emotional hugs by family members after their connecting flight home. Then they were whisked to a waiting car.Their families had announced their release on Wednesday in a joint statement from Dianna Shaw, an aunt of Drueke.Saudi Arabia brokered the exchange that granted their release.The Saudi embassy released a statement Wednesday saying it helped secure the release of 10 prisoners from Morocco, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Croatia.Shaw confirmed that Drueke and Huynh were part of the group.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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