Trevor Reed was released from Russian custody in a prisoner exchange last year in exchange for a Russian pilot.
A former US Marine who was released by Russia in a prisoner exchange last year was injured while fighting in Ukraine, the State Department said on Tuesday.
Trevor Reed was injured several weeks ago, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. He was taken to Germany for medical treatment, said State Department spokesman Vedant Patel.
“I want to be explicitly clear about one thing. Mr. Reed was not engaged in any business on behalf of the US government,” Patel said in a statement. As you know, we are unable to assist in the evacuation of private US citizens from Ukraine, including those Americans who may decide to travel to Ukraine to participate in the fighting.”
Reed was released from Russian custody in a prisoner exchange last year in exchange for a Russian pilot, Konstantin Taroshenko, who was imprisoned in the United States for a drug trafficking conspiracy.
The Messenger was the first to report Reed’s injury.