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.

Patrick Semansky/AP

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.

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