The 13 Ukrainian soldiers reported dead after an attack by Russian forces on the small Snake Island in the Black Sea may still be alive. from the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda. “Fuck you” the Ukrainians stationed in Zmiiny shouted at the Russian soldiers who ordered them to lay down their weapons. To confirm the news of the death of the 13 soldiers was Zelensky himself. “All the border guards died heroically but did not give up”, said the president of Ukraine announcing that the military would be named “Heroes of Ukraine”.
However, according to the Border Guard Service of Ukraine (DPSU) there is reason to believe that the military “may still be alive”. The information on the fate of the 13 soldiers, it is pointed out in a post shared on facebook, had been disseminated before losing contact with the military who were defending the island. “After receiving information on their possible location, the DPSU together with the Ukrainian armed forces are working to identify our soldiers.”
The gesture of the Ukrainian soldiers who did not surrender to the Russian forces
The heroic gesture obviously remains and is documented by an audio that has gone viral online in recent days. According to what was reconstructed by Kiev, a Russian officer of the military ship would have sent a message by radio to the Ukrainian soldiers: “This is a military warship. This is a Russian military warship. I suggest that you lay down your arms and surrender for avoid bloodshed and unnecessary losses. Otherwise you will be bombed. ” After a short silence, a Ukrainian officer replied: “Russian warship, go fuck yourself.” At that point, the bombing would have begun which was followed by the occupation of the island by the forces of Moscow.
Snake Island is a small islet on the edge of Ukrainian territorial waters in the Black Sea, but it has an important strategic value as it is located in the trade corridor between the cities of Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kherson. Underlining its strategic importance, Zelensky last year chose the island for an interview to launch a summit against the Russian annexation of Crimea. “This island, like the rest of our territory, is Ukrainian land and we will defend it with all our strength,” the president said.