10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2022

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1. Russia refuses to rule out death penalty for 2 Americans

Kremlin chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov told NBC News on Monday that Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, two American veterans reportedly captured by Russian forces in Ukraine, will be considered "soldiers of fortune," and therefore not protected as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. He said he couldn't guarantee that Drueke, 39, and Huynh, 27, wouldn't get the death penalty, arguing they participated in shelling and firing at Russian forces and should be "held responsible for the crimes they have committed." The State Department called on Moscow and its proxies to "live up to their international obligations." Under the Geneva Conventions, people captured fighting in Ukraine must be treated humanely and can't be prosecuted for fighting, with an exception made for war crimes.

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