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Rwandan-American Veteran Has Been Captured By Pro-Russian Forces In Ukraine

Rwandan-American Veteran Has Been Captured By Pro-Russian Forces In Ukraine

According to his family, a Rwandan-American veteran who moved to Ukraine over two years ago has been abducted by pro-Russian rebels in the aftermath of the ongoing invasion. Suedi Murekezi, 35, was arrested in Kherson last month by pro-Russian separatists, according to The Guardian.

“We’re all quite concerned about his well-being.” Suedi Murekezi’s brother, Sele Murekezi, stated, “He is certainly in danger.” Sele further stated that on July 7, his brother called to inform him of his imprisonment in a Donetsk prison. Russia backs the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Murekezi is being jailed in the same jail as two other American fighters who were captured by Russia. Murekezi’s family, on the other hand, claims he did not take part in the ongoing conflict and that he moved to the European country more than two years ago.

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Murekezi reportedly told his brother that his kidnappers had falsely accused him of participating in pro-Ukrainian protests. However, Sele stated that this was not the case. “They’re exploiting him as a pawn for their own propaganda,” Sele said.

On March 2, Russian forces occupied Kherson. After the city was overrun, Moscow troops crushed pro-Ukraine protesters. The US State Department confirmed to The Guardian that they were “aware of reports” of Murekezi’s arrest. However, the spokesman did not disclose any additional information due to “privacy concerns.”

Murekezi and his family fled to the United States after surviving the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Due to economic concerns, he relocated to Ukraine in 2020. His family said he vanished after they observed his automobile was not parked near his flat. The veteran’s automobile is registered in the United States.

“He told us he was going to drive his car for the first time in a long time to get gas,” Murekezi’s pal said. “Of course, such an automobile would draw the attention of Russian cops.”

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Murekezi’s brother further stated that his brother’s predicament in the hands of captors could be grave due to the color of his skin. “Of course, his being a black man heightens our concerns. “Racism can have a part,” stated Sele Murekezi.

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  1. George Davis

    July 19, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    He knew he was black when the Russians began their mobilization around Ukraine. If he was worried about his safety, he should have jumped in his car and boogyed to the western border before all this started. That’s what I would have done.

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