Ukrainian soldiers who profanely told off Russian warship may be alive : NPR

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova speaks throughout a information convention on the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 24.

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Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova speaks throughout a information convention on the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 24.

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A bunch of Ukrainian troopers stationed on an island navy outpost who had been presumed useless after a terse but profane interplay with a Russian warship final week should still be alive, Ukrainian officers introduced Sunday.

The Ukrainian troops on Zmiiniy Island – also referred to as Snake Island – could as a substitute have been captured by Russian navy forces, in accordance with an announcement from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

“We sincerely hope that the boys will return house as quickly as attainable, and the data obtained on the time of the assault on the demise won’t be confirmed,” the assertion reads.

Final Thursday a Russian warship reportedly approached Snake Island, which is positioned within the Black Sea off the Ukraine-Romania border, and requested the Ukrainian forces there to give up.

“This can be a Russian warship,” somebody says in a verified recording of the standoff. “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.”

The response from Ukraine was easy: “Russian warship. Go f*** your self.”

The interplay went viral on social media, exemplifying the combat the outmatched however defiant Ukrainian navy has been waging towards the a lot bigger Russian navy.

Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova mentioned 13 Ukrainian defenders had been killed within the combating that adopted. Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelenskyy introduced that every service member would posthumously be awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.

However the Ukrainian border guard service now says that Russian media experiences point out the captured defenders had been despatched to Sevastopol, a metropolis in Russian-annexed Crimea.

TASS, the Russian state information company, mentioned on Friday that no Ukrainian troops had died within the confrontation however fairly that 82 Ukrainian service members “voluntarily surrendered” to Russian forces.

Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Main Normal Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying the captured troopers had been signing “written vows to reject navy resistance” and would quickly be returned to their households.

Russian warship tells Ukrainian soldiers to surrender. They profanely refuse : NPR

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova mentioned all the Ukrainian defenders on Snake Island had been killed in an trade with a Russian warship after they refused to give up.

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Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova mentioned all the Ukrainian defenders on Snake Island had been killed in an trade with a Russian warship after they refused to give up.

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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 will 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 can be bombed.”

After a number 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 throughout the preventing.

“The commendable preventing 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 recommended the border guards throughout a speech, saying they’d posthumously be awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.

“Could the reminiscence of those that gave their lives for Ukraine reside without end,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

A recording of the trade was first printed on the web site of the Ukrainian information outlet Ukrayinska Pravda, and shortly unfold by way of social media, finally 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 response to 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 boys 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 global courtroom in the end established a maritime boundary in 2009 that gave management of the island to Ukraine.