A Ukrainian soldier who told a Russian warship to “go on his own” before he was captured by the invading forces has returned home, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted.
The soldier and his small squad had defended a small island called Snake Island in the Black Sea during the early days of the Russian invasion in late February.
When a Russian warship challenged them to surrender, the soldier, in an audio clip of the incident that appeared on social media, was heard bluntly replying, “Russian warship, go on your own.”
It was reported later that a small squad of Ukrainian soldiers defending Snake Island had been killed. Later, Russian media reported that they had been taken prisoner.
In a tweet today, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said, “Roman Hrybov, author of the famous phrase ‘Russian warships, go f *** themselves’, returned from Russian captivity to his native province of Cherkasy. Glory to the Hero.”
Roman Hrybov, author of the famous phrase “Russian Warship, Go F *** Yourself”, returned from Russian captivity to his native region of Cherkasy. Glory to the Heroes! #GlorytoUkrainepic.twitter.com/uruPgkBLGv
– Ukrainian Defense (@DefenceU) March 29, 2022
The photo that accompanied the tweet showed Roman Hrybov receiving what looked like a medal.
More than a month after Russia launched its aggression, it said it would “radically” reduce its military activity around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernigiv after “meaningful” progress in peace talks held in Istanbul.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the talks had yielded “the most significant progress” since the war began.