Jacob was the only US citizen on the bus, according to his father, who said Russian state media shot a “heartbreaking” propaganda video featuring his son. Jacob was later taken to Russia, where he was held for 10 days, Klobuchar said in a statement, adding that his release was secured with the support of the State Department and the US Embassy in Moscow.
“While this is good news, my heart goes out to all those who are separated from loved ones or in danger,” Klobuchar said. “As Vladimir Putin continues his senseless war, our commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine remains unwavering.”
JUST IN: Tyler Jacob of Minnesota, who was detained by Russian forces in Ukraine, has been released, says Senator Amy Klobuchar. https://t.co/pmwYODWvIy
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) March 25, 2022
A State Department spokesman said the agency was aware of the reports 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 to her son on Friday. She said he was in a NATO member state, without specifying the country.
“It sounded like angels singing in my ear when I heard his voice,” Hauser said. “It’s going to be astronomical, the feelings that will flow through me when I get to hug my son for the first time.”
Jacob said he was treated very well in Russian custody and had “no complaints”. father said.
Home to around 290,000 people before the invasion, Kherson is a major port and shipbuilding city on the Black Sea. It was one of the first Ukrainian cities to come under heavy Russian shelling and subsequent occupation, but the Pentagon said Friday Moscow appeared to have lost at least partial control of Kherson.
Another US citizen, WNBA star Brittney Griner, has been arrested by Russian authorities since February. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested after Russian officials said they found vape cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport.
Griner “is doing as well as can be expected,” the State Department said after a US consular officer was able to visit her Wednesday.