United States officials now claim to be aware of the whereabouts of a third US citizen who went missing in war-torn Ukraine.
This comes after family and elected officials said two other men who had travelled to the country to fight against Russian forces had gone missing and were feared captured.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday the agency was aware of reports of the third missing person who had travelled to Ukraine to “take up arms”.
He added the department was in “touch with the family”, but did not provide further details or identify the individual.
Price also said Washington has not yet raised with Moscow the issue of two other men reported missing in Ukraine, identified by family members as Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27.
Relatives have told reporters the two men, both US military veterans living in Alabama, were last heard from on June 8 in the Kharkiv region, near the border with Russia.
“We haven’t seen anything from the Russians indicating that two such individuals are in their custody,” Price said.