“We know they’re talking, they’re breathing, they’re ambulatory and they look like themselves,” Darla Black, the mother of Huynh’s fiancee, told CNN on Friday.
“I have your son next to me,” Bunny Druek recalled a woman at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia telling him.
The families did not know the prisoner exchange was in the works.
“My mind couldn’t understand because there was no warning. It just came out,” Drueke’s mother told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Huynh’s fiancee, Joy Black, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that Huynh ordered spaghetti and meatballs — a meal he’d craved since his time in Ukraine — as soon as he returned to Alabama.
Even after their capture, their families say the men said they had no regrets about going to fight the Ukrainians.
“Alex told me no, no regrets,” his aunt, Dianna Shaw, told CNN. “They really want people to understand that Ukraine needs our help. They need the help of all democratic nations. They need the democracies to come together and push (Russian President Vladimir) Putin back.”
“The US will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine. Russia’s referendums are a sham, a false pretext for trying to forcibly annex parts of Ukraine and a flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter,” Biden. he said in a statement.
CNN’s Shawna Mizelle and Sam Fossum contributed to this report.