The Ukrainians have shown a lot of courage and heart by standing toe-to-toe with one of the largest militaries in the entire world. With the ongoing Russian invasion looming towards Kyiv, amidst all the bullets that have been fired, and all the missiles that have been launched, what Ukraine lacks with the firepower compensates with heart.
Yes, that may seem cliche at times. But if you ask anybody who has served in the military in active warzones, they’ll tell you that if you’re pinned down having exhausted all options—all you have is your gun, your hands, and your heart. And sometimes, that may just be enough to get you out of that life or death situation.
Facing impending death, with no backup and nowhere to run, the 13 Ukrainian border guards stationed on Snake (Zmiinyi) Island served with their hearts and bravery. Defending against a Russian warship on a 40-acre rocky island about 70 nautical miles from Odessa during the onset of the Russian invasion, they quickly realized that they were going to meet their maker very soon. There were said to be two Russian Navy warships named Moskva and Vasily Bykov. It is unknown which one the Ukrainians were speaking to.
In a clip uploaded by Guardian News on their youtube channel, it can be heard that the Ukrainians’ radio suddenly picks up communication from the Russian warship. The Russians aboard said, “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,” the Russians warned.