Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered a “special military operation” in the Donetsk Basin in eastern Ukraine. The Russian army launched an offensive from all sides, and panic occurred in Ukraine. Our reporters are talking about the situation from the scene.

The Ukrainian Navy announced that “the Ukrainian soldiers defending Snake Island are alive and well.” And they wrote in their Facebook posts that the soldiers did not lose their lives, but were captured by the Russians.

They added, “We are pleased to announce that our brothers and sisters are alive and well.”

The story of the defenders of the small but strategically important Snake Island in the Black Sea roamed the world last week: the Ukrainian soldiers defending it reportedly chose to die rather than surrender to the Russian warship that was threatening them.

The warship asked 13 soldiers to lay down their weapons and surrender. In a publicly available audio recording, he was heard first saying “It was her time” and then answering the call:

Russian warship, pull it out.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote that the first news was that they were all killed in the bombing that followed. The Ukrainian Navy has not only now refuted this, but also said that the Russians destroyed the entire infrastructure of the island, so contact with the soldiers was also cut off.

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He added that “repeated attempts to contact them and find out what happened to them all failed, and the constant Russian bombing prevented us from sending assistance to the sailors.”


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