A man from Minnesota who was detained by Russian troops as he tried to leave Ukraine has been released, according to his family and a United States senator from his home state.
Tyler Jacob, 28, was taken off a bus by Russian soldiers at a checkpoint in Russian-occupied Crimea on March 13, his mother, Tina Hauser, said in a phone interview late Friday evening. He had been teaching English in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson since the fall.
Mr. Jacob was held at a jail in the Crimean city of Simferopol, where he was questioned and his phone was searched, Ms. Hauser said. He was released earlier this week and is now in a NATO country where he has been reunited with his wife and daughter, who separately made their way out of Ukraine, she added.
Ms. Hauser said she had spoken to her son over FaceTime after he arrived in the third country. She declined to name it for security reasons.