The border guards were stationed on Snake Island in the Black Sea south of Odessa, when the Russian warship threatened to engage if the guards refused to surrender.
A group of Ukrainian border guards were stationed on Snake Island, in the Black Sea south of Odessa, when a Russian warship ordered them to surrender under threat of attack.— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) February 25, 2022
Their response: "Russian warship, go fuck yourself."
They held their ground. All 13 were killed. pic.twitter.com/GMRsXQRSX0
“This is Russian warship. I repeat. I suggest you surrender your weapons and capitulate. Otherwise, I will open fire. Do you copy?” the Russian troops said over a radio.
“This is it,” a Ukrainian border guard says quietly to another guard.
“Should I tell him to go f—k himself? Just in case,” he continues.
After a short moment, the Ukrainian guard turns up the volume on radio and responds, “Russian warship, go f—k yourself.”
All 13 guards were killed while standing their ground in the face of a Russian attack.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskyy said in a speech following the attack, that all of the border guards who were killed defending the country will be honored with the title of the “Hero of Ukraine.”
“Defending the Zmiinyi island, all our border guards died a heroic death. But they have not surrendered. They will all be awarded posthumously the title of the Hero of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said. “Let those who gave their lives for Ukraine be remembered forever.”
Honor those who sacrifice their safety and lives in the fight for Freedom.Stand With Ukraine as they fight for their families, their lives, and their Freedom.