One of the most iconic moments from the Russian invasion of Ukraine may not be what it seems after the Ukrainian Navy confirmed that the 13 brave men who stood up to a Russian warship had not died in the attack.
“We are very happy to learn that our brothers are alive and well with them!” reported the country’s Navy. “Illegal capture of a civilian ship – a non-combatant without performing any military mission, is a violation of the rules and customs of war, international humanitarian law. We demand from Russia the immediate release of illegally occupied citizens of Ukraine.”
Unfortunately, it appears that the reality of their situation isn’t much better.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously declared that the soldiers, with whom the military had lost contact after the attack on Snake Island, would be awarded the title “Hero of Ukraine” posthumously.
The men were confronted by a Russian ship and as BizPac Review previously reported, unceremoniously told the ship and all of its crew to “go f***” themselves.
“This is Russian warship,” the ship announces. “I repeat, I suggest you surrender your weapons and capitulate. Otherwise, I will open fire. Do you copy?”
“This is it,” one soldier can be heard saying. “Should I tell him to go f*** himself?”
“Just in case,” another soldier says.
And then the official response from the threatened Ukrainians: “Russian warship, go f*** yourself!”
The ship attacked the island shortly after that exchange. Until Saturday, it was believed the men had died in the attack. However, Russian media began reporting that the men had been captured alive and had likely been transported to Crimea’s largest city, Sevastopol.
Social media responded to the revelation:
Just like during about any war – about pretty much everything. From both sides, obviously
— Vanalich (@vanalich) March 1, 2022
That’s good news
— Mr.Mak (@Princemzs) March 1, 2022
They are also heroes
— Charmer (@Charmer14749954) March 1, 2022
“The first casualty in war is the truth”
— Fred Burrows (@FredBurrows) March 1, 2022
We’re all wondering who asked?
— FreedomIsEssential (@carlbizmarck_) March 1, 2022
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