The defiant response of the Ukrainian border guard came after a Russian warship threatened to blow the soldiers up on Snake Island in the Black Sea
Horrifying footage shows a defiant soldier’s last words, as a Russian warship targets Snake Island.
A new video shows a Kremlin warship warning Ukrainian border guards to surrender or be bombed.
The Ukrainian officers were on the strategic Snake Island in the Black Sea.
The Russian warships delivered an ultimatum, they said: “I am a Russian military ship. I repeat, I am a Russian military ship.
“I am proposing you put down your arms immediately to avoid bloodshed and unjustified deaths int he worse case you will be hit with a bomb strike.”
They then repeated the message, demanding acknowledgement.
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When given the ultimatum from a Moscow warship demanding surrender, the border guards defiant response came by radio, they said: “F*** it as well. Russian warship go f*** yourself!”
There are conflicting reports as to whether the soldiers were killed, or survived as Russian prisoners.
Ukraine has said that the men were killed in the gunfire.
However, Russia claimed today that the men, and others on the island, are all alive and unharmed.
Talyshsky Vestnik / E2W news)
A statement from the Russian defence ministry – contradicting earlier Ukrainian claims – said: “In the area of the Zmeiny (Snake) Island, 82 Ukrainian servicemen laid down their arms and voluntarily surrendered to a unit of the Russian Armed Forces.
“At present, they are being asked to sign a refusal to take part in hostilities.
“In the near future they will be returned to their families”.
However, earlier reports claimed that 13 men were all slaughtered in a hail of missile fire.
Ukraine MoD / E2W news)
In the moments before the attack, the border guards said: “They struck there and also there [with their missiles], ” says one.
He asks: “They try to scare us, or what…?
“So far nothing is destroyed.
“Cannot understand what they’re doing, most likely trying to scare us.
“They strike the rocks.”
Soon afterwards the men were reportedly killed in a huge strike from the warship, but Russia maintain they are alive and kept as prisoners.
This comes during the second day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as it is confirmed Russian forces have reached towns only 15 miles outside of Kyiv.
As Moscow’s forces continue their push towards Kyiv it is unsure what Putin’s plans are, whether they intend to turn Ukraine into a vassal state, or not.
Ukrainian President’s Office / Avalon)
On top of that, Russia has suffered at least 450 casualties so far in the conflict.