The Kremlin said on Tuesday that American citizens fighting for Ukraine might face the death sentence if convicted of espionage by a Russian military court.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said that two US nationals seized in Ukraine were subject to court judgments and may face the death sentence. The last time the men’s families heard from them was on June 8 in the Kharkiv area near the Russia-Ukraine border, according to the men’s families. The State Department has acknowledged that images and videos circulating in Russian media claim to depict the two following their abduction. It was unknown whether they had joined Ukraine’s International Legion, a military formed of international volunteers following the Russian invasion. The Kremlin spokesperson has called the pair “Soldiers of fortune,” who need to be punished for their “crimes.”