Roman Hrybov was stationed on Snake Island when a Russian invading warship demanded he surrender, to which he replied "go fuck yourself" he was captured and recently released in a prisoner swap.
A Ukrainian soldier who told an officer on a Russian warship at the start of the invasion to "go fuck yourself" has recently been released as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, he has today been awarded a medal in recognition for his services.
Roman Hrybov, a Ukrainian border guard, was serving on Snake Island, a rocky outcrop south of the port of Odesa when it came under attack from the Russians on the first day of the invasion of Ukraine.
When the defenders were told to lay down their weapons and surrender, Roman Hrybov replied by radio saying, "Russian warship, go fuck yourself."
It was initially reported that all 13 border guards stationed on the island had been killed after refusing to surrender, but a few days later it was said that the soldiers were all still alive and had been taken prisoner by the Russian invaders.
Roman Hrybov Tells Russian Warship To "Go F*ck Yourself."
On Sunday President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview with Russian journalists that "some of the soldiers died, some were taken prisoner."
"All those who were taken prisoner were exchanged. Russia came up with this proposal. We exchanged them without hesitation... Those who died, they are heroes," Zelenskiy said.
On Tuesday, Ukraine's defence ministry said that Hrybov was now back in his home city of Cherkasy, and tweeted a video of him receiving a medal for his heroic actions from Ukrainian authorities.
Roman Hrybov Receives Medal For Services To Ukraine
The recordings of the Snake Island radio exchange involving Roman Hrybov were quickly shared across social media and soon went viral across the internet.