Snake Island border guards are alive and effectively, says Ukrainian navy

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Ukraine’s Navy has stated that 13 border guards defending Snake Island are alive and have been captured by Russia.

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The boys had initially been reported lifeless final week, however Ukrainian authorities now say they had been “captured by the Russian occupiers”.

“We’re very completely satisfied to study that our brothers are alive and effectively,” the Ukrainian Navy stated on its official Facebook page.

“The Marines and frontier guards [were] captured by the Russian occupiers on Snake Island.”

Chaotic data surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to complicated and contradictory accounts.

On Friday, Ukrainian officers reported that each one troops stationed on the strategic Snake Island (also called Zmiinyi Island) within the Black Sea had been killed.

The boys might be heard defiantly refusing Russian calls for to give up, prompting worldwide consideration.

Viral audio clips confirmed the border guards had been advised by Moscow forces to “lay down their weapons and give up to keep away from bloodshed and useless casualties” or “be bombed”.

The Ukrainian troopers might then be heard talking amongst themselves, earlier than swearing at their opponents and telling the Russian warship to “go fuck your self”.

After reviews of their deaths, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded every of the guards the posthumous title of “Hero of Ukraine”.

“All border guards died heroically however didn’t hand over,” he stated.

Russia had denied allegations that the 13 Ukrainian troopers had been killed by air and sea strikes. Russian state TV later confirmed what it claimed was footage of the troopers alive in custody, however the footage couldn’t be independently verified.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGSU) had additionally u-turned and steered that the 13 border guards should still be alive.

Kyiv stated that the island’s communications and infrastructure had been “utterly destroyed” by Russian “occupiers,” making it more durable to search out out what had occurred to the troopers.

Ukraine’s Navy says {that a} humanitarian mission that had been despatched to Snake Island after the troopers reported deaths has additionally been captured.

“The unlawful seizure of a non-combatant civilian ship that didn’t perform any army duties is a violation of the principles and customs of conflict and worldwide humanitarian legislation,” the Navy stated.

“We demand from the Russian Federation speedy launch of illegally captured residents of Ukraine.”

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