Jacob was the only US citizen on the bus, according to his father, who said Russian state media made a “heartbreaking” propaganda video showing his son. Klobuchar said in a statement that Jacob was later transferred to Russia, where he was held for 10 days, adding that his release was secured with the help of the State Department and the US Embassy in Moscow.
“While this is good news, my heart goes out to all those who have been separated from loved ones or at risk,” Klobuchar said. “As Vladimir Putin continues his foolish war, our commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine is unwavering.”
A State Department spokesperson said the agency was aware of Jacob’s release but declined to comment further due to privacy concerns.
Jacob’s mother, Tina Hauser, said on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight that she spoke with her son on Friday. She said he is a member of NATO, although she did not specify the country.
“It sounded as if angels sang in my ears, hearing his voice,” said Hauser. “It will be astronomical, the feelings that will flow through me, when I embrace my son for the first time.”
Jacob said he was treated very well in Russian custody and had “no complaints” Father said.
Kherson, was home to about 290,000 people before the invasion, Vital port and shipbuilding city on the Black Sea. It was one of the first Ukrainian cities to come under heavy Russian bombardment and later occupation, but the Pentagon said Friday that Moscow had at least partially lost control of Kherson.
And Russian authorities have detained another American, WNBA star, Britney Greiner, since February. The two-time gold medalist was arrested after Russian officials said they found e-cigarette cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport.
After a US consular official was able to visit her on Wednesday, the State Department said Greiner “is doing as well as you can expect.”
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