When it came time to be introduced to the world at large, the Ukrainian people did so with gusto. They did so with machismo. They had all of the chutzpah that anyone could ask for and then some. The world at large found themselves largely enamored with the bravery and the perseverance of Ukraine, and they began to sing their praises.
This sentiment was propelled, in some part, by wild online tales of military heroism which acted not only as a sort of catalyst for courage, but also as cautionary tale to the invading hordes from Russia.
One infamous incident saw Ukrainian troops on Snake Island tell a Russian warship to “go f*** yourself”, providing a battle cry for the people who’d soon be lining up to fight.
Now, some several months later, after the bold-tongued Ukrainian soldiers who were once stationed there were captured, victory is once again in the hands of the courageous.
Russian forces have hastily withdrawn from the infamous Snake Island in the Black Sea in a strategic victory for Kyiv, Ukrainian military officials said Thursday.
Ukraine’s Operational Command “South” took to Facebook to announce that following a coordinated overnight missile strike “the opponent hurriedly evacuated the remains of the garrison.”
The command posted a picture that showed the island covered in fire, black smoke and the aftermath of heavy missile fire.
Russian troops have been largely focusing on swaths of land in Eastern Ukraine, where their separatists have been operating already for years.
Ukraine has insisted that they will fight to regain at least this territory, if not even Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Russia several years ago.