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Snake Island sailors who told the Russian ship, “Fuck yourself,” were freed

Snake Island’s Ukrainian sailors, who before their capture told a Russian warship to fool itself, have now been released in a prisoner swap with Moscow.

The 19 sailors were released from Russian captivity on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshuk announced.

In return, Ukraine freed 11 Russian civilian seamen they rescued from a sunken ship near Odessa, Vereshuk said. It was not immediately clear when the Russian sailors were captured.

“As a result of this exchange, 19 Ukrainian civilian seamen are returning home from the rescue ship Sapphire, which was hijacked by the occupying forces while trying to take our troops from Snake Island,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The Ukrainian sailors were captured early in the invasion while defending Snake Island in the Black Sea.

They were initially presumed dead after defiantly refusing to surrender when a Russian warship approached and ordered them to “lay down their arms… to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary deaths.” Otherwise you will be bombed.”

Maxar satellite image of Snake Island
Snake Island is seen on satellite imagery before being attacked.
Satellite Image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies

Moments later, the Ukrainians replied: “Russian warship, get ready for yourself.”

The tone of the Ukrainian’s bold exchange quickly went viral.

Days later, it emerged that Snake Island’s defenders had survived the attack – but had been captured after running out of ammunition.

Ukraine map
Russian forces have launched a week-long invasion of Ukraine.

Before they were presumed alive, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to bestow the nation’s highest honor on the allegedly dead border guards.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/snake-island-sailors-who-told-russian-ship-go-f-k-yourself-freed/ Snake Island sailors who told the Russian ship, “Fuck yourself,” were freed

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