Ukraine awards medal to Snake Island soldier who told Russian warship to ‘go f*** yourself’

Ukraine awards medal to Snake Island soldier who told Russian warship to 'go f*** yourself'. Credit: Ukraine MoD Press Release

Ukraine awards medal to Snake Island soldier who told Russian warship to ‘go f*** yourself’.

ON March 29, Ukraine awarded a medal of bravery to a soldier, originally feared to be dead, who told a Russian warship to ‘go f*** yourself’ before the Snake Island he was defending was attacked.

Roman Hrybov, one of the Ukrainian soldiers defending the tiny Snake Island in the Black Sea, was not killed in the attack, which occurred on the first day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but was captured by Russian forces – along with the rest of his comrades.

He was also the soldier alleged to have yelled the now infamous war line.

In videos posted on social media at the time, audio apparently described a Russian warship approaching the island and asking the border guards to “surrender to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary victims, otherwise, you’ll be bombed.”

The men refused, per that audio, with Hrybov reportedly responding with: “Russian warship, go f*ck yourself.”

On February 25, it was reported that all 13 soldiers, including Hrybov, were killed after refusing to surrender “Zmiinyi Island” to a Russian warship in the Black Sea.

At the time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would honour the deceased guards posthumously with the title “Hero of Ukraine.”

He said: “Ukrainian soldiers on Zmiinyi Island were all killed because they refused to surrender. Our soldiers on Zmiinyi Island died fighting heroically.”

“May the memory of those who gave their lives for Ukraine live forever,” he said.

However, days later it was discovered that the soldiers were alive but had been captured, as reported by Sky News, and earlier this month, Hrybov and his comrades were freed and allowed to go home to Cherkasy, in central Ukraine.

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    • Regijnald Bowler

      30 March 2022 • 12:28

      We cannot trust a word of all this propaganda. First, the Ukraine government said (24th Feb) that the 13 border guards were killed after refusing to surrender; then Ukraine said it had sunk or heavily damaged the Vasily Bykov, the patrol boat involved in the action; now we hear that the forces on the island were in fact taken prisoner and have been released in a POW exchange (Euronews, 25th March), and that the Vasily Bykov is in fact undamaged and returned to Sevastopol (Morning Express et al)!

      We’re being spun a line and it is very obvious.


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