The new battle cry of the Ukrainian people as they fight against the incursion of Russian troops into their country.
By now the entire world has heard those now famous words.
Those words were given to the Russian command to surrender by some Ukrainian border guards on what is known as Snake Island.
The 13 soldiers defending a Ukrainian outpost in the Black Sea died after making it very clear to a Russian warship that they had no intention of surrendering, according to the Ukrainian government and reports in Ukrainian media. In audio believed to be from a naval radio channel, a Russian officer says, “This is a Russian military warship. I suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless casualties. Otherwise, you will be bombed.” A male Ukrainian soldier can then be heard saying, “Should I tell them to f— themselves?” reports Politico. A female soldier says, “Well, just in case,” and the male soldier tells the officer, “Warship, go f— yourself.”
The recording was posted on the website of a Ukrainian news outlet, and a Ukrainian official confirmed its authenticity to the Washington Post. Authorities say all 13 border guards were killed Thursday when Russian forces bombed Snake Island, also known as Zmiinyi Island, the Guardian reports. The strategic 42-acre island is around 180 miles west of Crimea, near Ukraine’s border with Romania. “All border guards died heroically but did not give up,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky. He said the soldiers would be posthumously awarded the Hero of Ukraine award. The Post reports that a video posted on TikTok shows a border guard cursing as the island comes under fire.
Brave words from brave soldiers.
These brave people will become the face of Ukrainian defiance…..even martyrs.
News has come out since the original report of their deaths…..
Snake Island’s now-famous defenders in the Black Sea may be alive, Ukrainian officials said as Russia’s assault on Ukraine carried into its third day.
The announcement is a twist in what quickly became a story of defiance and heroism this week when 13 border guards were reported to have perished after one told an imposing Russian warship, as heard in a viral audio recording, to “go f*** yourself” after they were instructed to lay down their weapons and surrender.
“We [have a] strong belief that all Ukrainian defenders of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island may be alive,” the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said in a statement on social media Saturday.
Russian forces reportedly attacked the island outpost by air and sea, after which the island’s infrastructure was destroyed and contact was lost, Ukrainian officials said on Saturday. The border guard service also praised the defenders for defying Russian forces and said an effort is underway to determine their fate. In addition, their statement said they “understand that Russian propagandists know how to make the necessary information attacks and use them, noting that Ukrainian defenders have surrendered.”
Regardless of the deaths or not….their words are an inspiration to the Ukrainian people.
Updated news…..They Live!
Ukraine’s Navy has announced a twist: “We are very happy to learn that our brothers are alive and well,” the Navy said on social media, per Euronews. “The Marines and frontier guards [were] captured by the Russian occupiers on Snake Island.”
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