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(CNN) Two American veterans and five British citizens who had been held by forces backed by Russians for months have been released as part of the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine who was negotiated by Saudi Arabia. The members of the family of Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who were captured in June while fighting Ukraine north of Jarkiv, confirmed that they had been released. The British Prime Minister Liz Truss tweeted that five British citizens had been released. In addition, three prisoners who are Moroccan, Swedes and Croatian nationals were released in the exchange, said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Hugely welcome news that five British citizens in the hands of the representatives backed by Russian in eastern Ukraine are being returned safely, ending months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families," said Truss. Drueke's aunt issued a statement confirming the launch of her nephew, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Huynh, 27, from Hartselle, Alabama. "We are delighted to announce that Alex and Andy are free. They are safely safe And especially close communication and close communication and support of our elected officials, Ukrainian ambassador Markarova, and our members of the United States embassies in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and the United States Department of State Shaw, spokesman for families and Dreuke's aunt. read more Gotopnews.com