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Ukrainian Navy confirms Snake Island soldiers are alive, being held prisoners by Russians

The Ukrainian navy announced on Monday that it was aware that the border guards on Snake Island who were at first thought to have died in a Russian assault were in fact alive and being held prisoner by the Russians.

“The SBGSU and the Armed Forces, like the whole of Ukraine, have received hope that all of Zmiiny’s defenders are alive,” the Guard Service wrote.

“Russian media reported that Ukrainian servicemen on the island, who were temporarily occupied by Russia in Sevastopol, had been sent to Sevastopol. “Preliminary information that border guards may be dead came before the defenders lost contact,” they added.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence said that 82 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered to them voluntarily.

“In the area of the Snake Island, 82 Ukrainian servicemen laid down their weapons and voluntarily surrendered to the Russian Armed Forces,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov on Friday 25th February. “Currently, they are signing written vows to reject military resistance. They will be returned to their families shortly.”

It was initially reported that 13 Ukrainian soldiers, stationed in the small Black Sea Island, were killed by Russian forces after keeping two Russian military ships out of the island for several hours.

The Russian cruiser Moskva and patrol ship Vasily Bykov sent a communication to the Ukrainian state border guards on the island and ordered them to surrender. In response, as shown in audio shared by the Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda, they replied “go f*** yourself, Russian warship.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: LINDAIKEJISBLOG.COM

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