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A Minnesota man who was taken prisoner by Russians while trying to leave Ukraine has been freed after 10 days.

Tyler Jacob – who was attempting to leave Ukraine, where he worked as an english teacher – was released Friday, according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who had been working to bring him home.

‘I am relieved that Tyler is safely reunited with his wife and daughter,’ the former presidential candidate said in a statement. ‘Over the last two weeks, my team and I have been in close contact with his family, the State Department, and the U.S. embassy in Moscow working towards this outcome, and I am grateful that we were able to help bring him to safety.’ 

Jacob, 28, was a native of the Minnesota town of Winona, was apparently freed through the efforts of the US Embassy in Moscow, according to Klobuchar.

‘I am so ecstatic that Tyler is safe,’ Tina Hauser, Jacob’s mother, added in the statement. ‘This has been a harrowing experience, and I am so grateful to the officials in the State Department and embassy who helped us locate Tyler and get him out of Russia. I am especially grateful to Senator Klobuchar for her steadfast support through this whole process. This was a parent’s worst nightmare, but I can rest easy tonight knowing my son has made it to safety.’

Tyler Jacob - who was attempting to leave Ukraine, where he worked as an english teacher - was released Friday, according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who had been working to bring him home.

Tyler Jacob - who was attempting to leave Ukraine, where he worked as an english teacher - was released Friday, according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who had been working to bring him home.

Tyler Jacob – who was attempting to leave Ukraine, where he worked as an english teacher – was released Friday, according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who had been working to bring him home. 

Tina Hauser (left) says her 28-year-old son, Tyler Jacob (right), who has been living in Ukraine, was taken prisoner by Russian troops on Saturday

Tina Hauser (left) says her 28-year-old son, Tyler Jacob (right), who has been living in Ukraine, was taken prisoner by Russian troops on Saturday

Tina Hauser (left) says her 28-year-old son, Tyler Jacob (right), who has been living in Ukraine, was taken prisoner by Russian troops on Saturday 

Jacob, 28, was a native of the Minnesota town of Winona, was apparently freed through the efforts of the US Embassy in Moscow, according to Klobuchar

Jacob, 28, was a native of the Minnesota town of Winona, was apparently freed through the efforts of the US Embassy in Moscow, according to Klobuchar

Jacob, 28, was a native of the Minnesota town of Winona, was apparently freed through the efforts of the US Embassy in Moscow, according to Klobuchar

His father spoke with CNN on Friday and said that he wasn’t mistreated but that he clearly looked tired.

‘It was a roller coaster,’ said John Quinn, Jacob’s father. ‘It was up and down, the hurdles that we had to get over to get him to safety. They were treating him very well there. He had no complaints at all about how he was treated.’

Jacob’s mother, Tina Hauser, said that she got to communicate with her son via a video conference earlier Friday.   

The State Department would not confirm the news when asked to comment Friday night. 

‘We are aware of these reports, but due to privacy considerations have no further comment.’ 

Jacob's parents said Jacob met a Ukrainian woman online last summer - visiting her in November before falling in love and getting married in January

Jacob's parents said Jacob met a Ukrainian woman online last summer - visiting her in November before falling in love and getting married in January

Jacob’s parents said Jacob met a Ukrainian woman online last summer – visiting her in November before falling in love and getting married in January

Tina Hauser (pictured right), Jacob's mother, spoke about her son while he was still detained in Russia

Tina Hauser (pictured right), Jacob's mother, spoke about her son while he was still detained in Russia

Tina Hauser (pictured right), Jacob’s mother, spoke about her son while he was still detained in Russia

Bill Quinn (pictured left), Jacob's father, said that his son was not mistreated in the Russian prison but that he still wanted him home

Bill Quinn (pictured left), Jacob's father, said that his son was not mistreated in the Russian prison but that he still wanted him home

Bill Quinn (pictured left), Jacob’s father, said that his son was not mistreated in the Russian prison but that he still wanted him home

Footage that was released by a Russian state-owned video news agency showed Jacob fleeing Ukraine passing through a checkpoint in Crimea, before his parents say he was taken prisoner by the Russian military. 

Hauser told local outlets that the last time she spoke with her son was a week ago Saturday, when he told her he was being forced by the Russian troops to board a bus out of Kherson and leave his Ukrainian wife and stepdaughter behind.

Speaking to DailyMail.com on Thursday, Hauser said she had not heard from Tyler in five days. She said that officials with the US State Departments have petitioned the Russian government to reveal her son’s whereabouts and whether he is ‘still alive.’ 

Video that was shot in Armiansk, Crimea, on Saturday night by the Russian video-on-demand company Ruptly shows Jacob going through a Russian checkpoint en route to Turkey. 

In an interview with the outlet, Jacob said that he planned to take a charter flight to Turkey with some people he had met on the bus.

‘I think I’ll be OK,’ he said in the video. 

Sometime later, according to Jacob’s parents, he was seized by Russian troops and taken away. 

‘My worst nightmare is coming true, and I’m fearful that they are going to torture him and kill him and I’m not ever going to see my son again,’ Hauser told KAALTV through tears. 

The article that accompanied the Ruptly video alleged that the evacuation of 140 foreign nationals fleeing Ukraine was made possible by Russia’s Ministry of Defense. 

‘The evacuation was organized at the request of foreign embassies seeking assistance with ensuring the safe conduct of their citizens from the territory of Ukraine, but also in response to pleas from foreign nationals, addressed to the Russian military command of Kherson,’ the agency was quoted as stating.    

When the bus reached the Russian-held Crimea, Jacob, who was the only American on board, was removed by Russian troops

Jacob, from Minnesota, was living with his wife and stepdaughter in Kherson on the Black Sea when the Russian invasion began three weeks ago. This satellite image from March 15 shows the Kherson airbase on fire after an alleged airstrike against Russian forces occupying the base

Jacob, from Minnesota, was living with his wife and stepdaughter in Kherson on the Black Sea when the Russian invasion began three weeks ago. This satellite image from March 15 shows the Kherson airbase on fire after an alleged airstrike against Russian forces occupying the base

Jacob, from Minnesota, was living with his wife and stepdaughter in Kherson on the Black Sea when the Russian invasion began three weeks ago. This satellite image from March 15 shows the Kherson airbase on fire after an alleged airstrike against Russian forces occupying the base 

Jacob boarded an evacuation bus for foreigners headed to Turkey on Saturday, when this photo of Ukrainian protesters was taken in Kherson

Jacob boarded an evacuation bus for foreigners headed to Turkey on Saturday, when this photo of Ukrainian protesters was taken in Kherson

Jacob boarded an evacuation bus for foreigners headed to Turkey on Saturday, when this photo of Ukrainian protesters was taken in Kherson 

Jacob’s parents said Jacob met a Ukrainian woman online last summer – visiting her in November before falling in love and getting married in January. 

In order to stay in the country, he got a job teaching English in a small village outside Kherson – but just one month later, Russian troops invaded Ukraine, and the newlyweds, as well as Jacob’s new stepdaughter, found themselves trapped, he told Ruptly on Saturday.  

‘He met a girl over there, fell in love, got married, and now we are in a mess,’ Tyler’s father, John Quinn, told WCCO-TV. 

Kherson, a southern city of 290,000 on the Black Sea, was captured by invading Russian forces early in the war, which is now in its fourth week.  

Source: Daily Mail

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