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13 Ukrainian border guards killed after telling Russian warship to ‘go f*ck yourself’

An audio recording of an exchange between Ukrainian border guards and a Russian warship on Zmiinyi Island (or Snake Island) in the Black Sea has surfaced online.


Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers were killed after refusing to surrender to a Russian warship. Instead, they told the Russian ship to “go f*ck yourself.”

During the Russian invasion, an audio clip of the incident surfaced on social media and was picked up by numerous publications. It transports a message from a Russian warship to Ukrainian soldiers defending Snake Island in the Black Sea. Following their refusal, the warship opened fire, killing all 13 people.

The audio clip was obtained and published by Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda on Friday (Feb. 25, 2022).

Here’s a translation of the audio, as reported by CNN:

Russian officer: “This is a military warship. 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.”

Ukrainian border guard: “Russian warship, go f*ck yourself.”

According to Reuters, a Russian vessel approached a total of 13 border guards on the island.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement that all of the soldiers were killed, as reported by The Guardian and CNN.

According to another audio clip obtained by WTOP editor Alejandro Alvarez, the guards seemed to realize they were in for a fatal confrontation, saying “this is it” and debating “should I tell him to go f*ck himself” before turning up the volume and relaying the defiant message.

Zelensky stated that the guards who refused to surrender to the Russian warship will be given posthumous honors.

According to Business Insider, he added that all of the guards “did not give up” and “died heroically.”

Another screen-recorded video of a livestream video allegedly taken by one of the island’s guards has circulated online, though its veracity has not been confirmed.

The video purportedly captured the moment the Russian warship launched an attack on the island.

All the guards on the Snake Island were killed by the Russian ship. In Ukraine, it is called Zmiinyi Island.

Internet was moved by Ukrainian soldiers’ defiance. “last words for some incredibly brave ukrainians,” a Twitter user said while reacting to the audio clip. “Legends never die,” said another.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned the courage shown by these soldiers in his address at the end of the first day of Russia’s attack.

“On our Zmiinyi Island, defending it to the last, all the border guards died heroically. But did not give up. All of them will be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine,” said Zelensky.

“May the memory of those who gave their lives for Ukraine live forever,” the President added.

Zelenskiy vowed on Friday to stay in Kyiv as his troops battled Russian invaders advancing toward the capital in the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.

Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. An estimated 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens have been reported killed, according to news agency Reuters.

Protesters turned out on public squares and outside Russian embassies in cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine.

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