According to US media reports, two US veterans who are said to have fought voluntarily in Ukraine have been missing for around a week. As the broadcaster CNN and the “New York Times” reported on Wednesday (local time), citing relatives and other sources, there is unconfirmed evidence that the two may have been captured by the Russian military.

The US government has not been able to confirm the reports, but is reviewing them. “We’re doing our best to monitor this and see what we can learn,” said John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, at a news conference. Kirby added that if the reports come true, everything will be done to bring the two home safely.

According to US media reports, a spokesman for the US State Department also said that “unconfirmed reports of two US citizens captured in Ukraine” were known.

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According to media reports, the missing persons are two men from the state of Alabama aged 39 and 27. They disappeared when their unit came under fire on June 9 in the Kharkiv region of north-eastern Ukraine.