Trevor Reed, a US Marine veteran who was released from Russian custody in 2022 as part of a prisoner exchange, volunteered to fight for Ukraine and suffered injuries on the battlefield. Reed, now requesting assistance from the US government for his evacuation and treatment, is believed to have stepped on a landmine.
- Trevor Reed, after being released from a Russian prison in 2022, chose to fight for Ukraine, stepping on a landmine and sustaining injuries.
- Despite the risks warned by the US Government, including capture and death, thousands of American citizens are estimated to have traveled to Ukraine to join the fight.
- Reed, currently being treated in Kyiv, has requested a transfer to an American military facility in Germany or Poland.
- US officials, who went to great lengths to free Reed from Russia, expressed frustration over his decision to go to Ukraine given regular warnings against travel to the conflict-ridden region.
- Reed’s attempts to return to the US were hindered due to a contractual issue with Ukrainian forces, leading him to seek media attention and US government help for his evacuation.