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American volunteer soldier Paul Lee Kim dies in Ukraine

Paul Kim
  • Cpt. Paul Kim, an American military volunteer in Ukraine, died while liberating Mykolaiv from the Russian invasion.
  • Born in Houston, Kim was a foreign legionnaire who served for 12 years in the U.S. Army. He was also an infantry officer, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper, and a college ROTC instructor.
  • After the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, Kim joined the International Legion of Territorial Defense in August.
  • Kim and his unit were fighting in a violent battle near Ternovi Pody, where he and another Ukrainian soldier were unable to escape the Russian attack.
  • Kim’s death was announced on Oct. 5, two days before his 35th birthday, by global affairs analyst Enifome Emesakoru.
  • The U.S. Army Veteran was laid to rest on Nov. 4 in Greenwood Chapel.

Cpt. Paul Lee Kim, an American military volunteer in Ukraine, died while liberating Mykolaiv from the Russian invasion.

Born in Houston, Kim was a foreign legionnaire who served for 12 years in the U.S. Army. He was also an infantry officer, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and an ROTC instructor, Coffee or Die reports. 

First Taiwanese combatant dies in Russia-Ukraine war

Tseng Sheng-Kung
  • Tseng Sheng-Kung, a 25-year-old volunteer, is the first Taiwanese soldier to die in combat in Ukraine.
  • A volunteer soldier from Ji’an Township in Hualien County, Tseng traveled to Ukraine in June to fight against the ongoing Russian invasion of the country.
  • While serving in a volunteer battalion, Tseng was wounded and died of blood loss when his unit was attacked by the Russian army in Luhansk Oblast.

Tseng Sheng-Kung, a 25-year-old volunteer, is the first Taiwanese soldier to die in combat in Ukraine.

Tseng traveled to Ukraine from Ji’an Township in Hualien County in June to fight against the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. 

‘We prayed for death’: 2 American veterans freed from Russian captivity in Ukraine describe torture

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  • American soldiers Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, who were captured by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have described the torture they endured in several interviews since their release in September.
  • The soldiers from Alabama spent 105 days in a Russian “black site,” where they said they had to endure daily torture.
  • The pair said they lived on dirty water and spoiled bread and were interrogated, beaten, deprived of sleep and forced to stand or sit on their knees while blindfolded for hours.
  • They were also forced to make propaganda videos and partake in interviews, wherein they were forced to praise Russia.

Two American soldiers who were captured by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have described the torture they endured in several interviews since their release in September.

Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, who volunteered in the Ukrainian army, entered  Ukraine in early April. They were taken as prisoners in June during a firefight in the village of Izbytske and held captive in the Donbas region.

2 American veterans who volunteered in Ukraine return home after three months of captivity

  • American veterans Alex Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, who were captured by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, returned home to their families in Alabama on Friday.
  • “We’re looking forward to spending time with family and we’ll be in touch with the media soon,” Drueke told The Associated Press after reaching the U.S. on Friday. “Happy to be home.”
  • Diana Shaw, an aunt of Drueke, confirmed that the two veterans were among the 10 prisoners from Morocco, the U.S., the U.K., Sweden and Croatia. Saudi Arabia arranged the release of the prisoners held captive by the Donetsk People's Republic, the country said on Wednesday.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed the release of Drueke and Huynh in a statement on Wednesday and thanked Ukraine for including “all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations.”
  • He also thanked Saudi Arabia for the country’s help in spearheading the “humanitarian initiative and facilitating the return of ten foreign nationals.”
  • Drueke and Huynh were reported missing on June 9.

Two American veterans who were reported missing in June have returned home safely after being held captive for three months by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Alex Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, traveled to Ukraine separately as volunteers to help fight against the invading Russian forces. The two went missing on June 9 and were held captive by Russian-backed separatist forces in the Donbas region.

Xi tells Putin China is ready to partner with Russia to ‘lead world’

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Forumlar Majmuasi Complex in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday.
  • During their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi said China is ready to team up with its ally to “set an example of a responsible world power and to play a leading role in putting a rapidly changing world on the track of sustainable and positive development.”
  • Addressing Putin as his "dear and long-time friend," Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Although the Russian president praised China’s “balanced position” on the matter, he conceded that Beijing had “questions and concerns” over Russia’s military action.
  • “We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends in connection with the Ukrainian crisis. We understand your questions and concerns in this regard,” Putin said. “During today's meeting, of course, we will explain in detail our position on this issue, although we have spoken about this before."

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin that China is ready to team up with Russia during their sideline talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit in Uzbekistan.

Addressing Putin as his “dear and long-time friend,” Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Russian news agency TASS.

North Korea offering 100,000 ‘volunteers’ for war against Ukraine, says Russian state media

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  • North Korea recently offered to send 100,000 “volunteers” to Russia to help the Kremlin in its war against Ukraine, Russian journalist Igor Korotchenko alleged on Russian state media Russian Channel One.
  • Korotchenko went on to praise North Korea’s “wealth of experience with counter-battery warfare,” adding, “If North Korea expresses a desire to meet its international duty to fight against Ukrainian fascism, we should let them.”
  • North Korea currently has the fourth-highest number of active-duty military personnel in the world with nearly 1.3 million, compared to the United States (1,388,100), India (1,455,550) and China (2,185,000).
  • North Korea also offered to send more than a thousand workers to Russia to help rebuild Ukraine post-war.

Russian state media said North Korea recently offered to send 100,000 “volunteers” to aid the Kremlin in its war against Ukraine.

Russian journalist Igor Korotchenko alleged on Russian Channel One last week that “100,000 North Korean volunteers are prepared to come and take part in the conflict” in Ukraine and aid Russia. The claim has yet to be verified.

US Marine veteran Grady Kurpasi is third American to go missing in Ukraine this week

  • Former U.S. Marine Corps officer Grady Kurpasi, 49, who has not been heard from since April 23, is the third American to be reported missing in Ukraine this week.
  • Kurpasi arrived in Ukraine on March 7 after deciding to volunteer as a soldier in the Ukrainian war. Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, before retiring in November 2021, he felt that his skillset would be valuable to the cause.
  • The other two American soldiers to be reported missing include Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, both from Alabama and both of whom have military experience.
  • Videos of Huynh and Drueke surfaced on Friday on RT, a Russian state-controlled international television network, showing they had been captured by Russian forces.
  • When asked to comment about the captures of American soldier volunteers, Biden reiterated on Friday, “I’ll say it again, Americans should not be going to Ukraine.”

Former U.S. Marine Corps officer Grady Kurpasi, who has not been heard from since April 23, is the third American to be reported missing in Ukraine this week.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced during a press conference on Thursday that a third American had gone missing, although the name was not said.

Korean former Navy SEAL Ken Rhee shares video of tense Ukraine mission evacuating wounded soldier

  • Korean ex-Navy SEAL Lieutenant Ken Rhee shared footage on YouTube showing him and other members of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion trying to evacuate a wounded soldier after a reconnaissance mission.
  • The video clip, taken sometime in April, ends with the soldiers abandoning their vehicle due to a flat tire.
  • “These are not a type of offensive operation, but we just go out to scout specific areas,” Rhee tells musician Solnamoo Song in the interview at the end of the video.
  • Rhee, who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, returned to South Korea on May 27 due to his injuries.
  • The YouTuber-turned-Ukrainian soldier was sent to prosecution without detainment on June 15 by the International Crime Investigation Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for traveling to Ukraine during a travel ban.
  • He now faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to 10 million won (approximately $7,730) for violating the local passport law.

YouTuber-turned-Ukrainian soldier Ken Rhee recently shared footage of him and other members of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion in a tense moment inside a vehicle while trying to evade Russian forces. 

The Korean ex-Navy SEAL lieutenant, who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, uploaded a video to his YouTube channel Friday showing him and his team trying to evacuate a wounded soldier after a reconnaissance mission. 

Korean YouTuber-turned-Ukraine fighter Rhee Ken under prosecution for violating passport law

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  • Korean special forces officer-turned-YouTuber Ken Rhee is now under prosecution for passport law violation after traveling to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Rhee of violating the passport law as he disregarded a travel ban the Korean government imposed on Ukraine on Feb. 13.
  • Rhee, who returned to South Korea on May 27, said he voluntarily faced police questioning on June 10 and admitted to most of the charges.
  • “I saw what was going on and I said, ‘OK, this can't happen. I wish there was something I could do to help,’” he was quoted as saying. “I'm sure there are many ways to help the war effort [while staying in Korea]. But I was a military officer and I wanted to help in the best capacity that I could.”
  • Rhee now faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to 10 million won (approximately $7,730). He is hoping endorsements from Ukrainian authorities will help his case.

YouTuber Rhee Ken, the former Korean Navy special forces officer who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, is now under prosecution for passport law violation.

Rhee, who previously served as a lieutenant in the Korean Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Flotilla, was sent to prosecution without detainment on June 15 by the International Crime Investigation Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

Vietnamese American volunteer in Ukraine army believed captured by Russian forces

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  • Vietnamese American Andy Huynh, who is serving as a volunteer in the Ukrainian army, was reportedly captured along with fellow volunteer soldier Alexander Drueke, 39, by Russian forces last week.
  • "I know it wasn't my problem, but there was that gut feeling that I felt I had to do something,” Huynh said in an earlier interview with his local newspaper The Decatur Daily. "Two weeks after the war began, it kept eating me up inside and it just felt wrong. I was losing sleep ... All I could think about was the situation in Ukraine."
  • Huynh decided to fly to Eastern Europe in April upon learning that young Ukrainians were being drafted into service.
  • Search efforts by a Ukrainian rescue team aided by drones failed to find any trace of the two.
  • “We found nothing,” a source told The Telegraph. “If they had been hit by the tank shell, there would have been remains of their bodies or equipment at the scene."

A Vietnamese American serving as a volunteer in the Ukrainian army was reportedly captured along with another volunteer soldier by Russian forces in Ukraine last week.  

Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, both former U.S. servicemen from Alabama, were taken as prisoners during a firefight in the village of Izbytske outside the city of Kharkiv, soldiers who fought alongside them told The Telegraph.

96-year-old Japanese WWII POW warns Russia-Ukraine is history repeating itself

Akiyoshi Chikada, a 96-year-old Japanese man who was formerly interned in Ukraine during World War II, says that history is repeating itself with the Russia-Ukraine War.

Chikada was tricked into working at an internment camp in 1945 after Soviet troops promised he was returning to Japan while putting him on a freight train, according to The Mainichi.