Ukrainian service members guarding a Black Sea island are being heralded for his or her defiant response to a Russian warship demanding their give up.
The Ukrainian forces had been guarding Zmiinyi Island, or Snake Island because it’s recognized, which lies about 30 miles east of the southern border between Ukraine and Romania on the Black Sea.
“This can be a Russian warship,” a voice on the recording could be heard saying. “I ask you to put down your arms and give up to keep away from bloodshed and pointless deaths. In any other case, you’ll be bombed.”
After a couple of moments, a terse response got here from the Ukrainians: “Russian warship. Go f*** your self.”
Throughout a briefing in Washington, D.C., Ukrainian ambassador Oksana Markarova confirmed all 13 of the defenders had been killed in the course of the combating.
“The commendable combating spirit has been demonstrated yesterday when 13 troopers had been posted on Serpent Island, within the south of Ukraine. All of them refused to give up to the Russian battleship. They had been all killed,” Markarova mentioned.
Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelenskyy counseled the border guards throughout a speech, saying they’d posthumously be awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.
“Might the reminiscence of those that gave their lives for Ukraine dwell without end,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
A recording of the trade was first revealed on the web site of the Ukrainian information outlet Ukrayinska Pravda, and rapidly unfold by way of social media, ultimately picked up by information organizations worldwide. Ukrainian and U.S. protection officers confirmed its authenticity to NPR’s Tom Bowman.
Russia’s protection ministry disputes Ukraine’s model of the occasions, saying that 82 Ukrainian service members voluntarily surrendered, in accordance with the Russian state information company, TASS. It didn’t point out that there have been any casualties.
Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov is quoted as saying that the lads who surrendered “are signing written vows to reject navy resistance. They are going to be returned to their households shortly.”
Snake Island was as soon as utilized by the Soviet Union as a radar outpost and has since been the topic of territorial disputes between Ukraine and Romania. A world courtroom finally established a maritime boundary in 2009 that gave management of the island to Ukraine.