At least 13 soldiers of the Ukraine Army were killed by the Russian security forces after they had denied surrendering
The 13 border guards were killed in the ensuing naval and air bombardment,” says a media report.
With a land area of less than one-tenth of a square mile, Zmiinyi Island, otherwise known as Snake Island, is little more than a rock in the Black Sea, according to the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank. It lies less than 30 miles off the coast of Ukraine.
“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,” this is what Russian forces said to the Ukrainian soldiers, according to a media report.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky subsequently said that all 13 would be honored with the title “Hero of Ukraine.”
“On our Zmiinyi Island, defending it to the last, all the border guards died heroically. May the memory of those who gave their lives for Ukraine live forever,” he said in a Thursday evening briefing.
Ukrainian casualties reached 137 on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that the 27-bloc Nato was scared to let his country into the global body.