There’s an amazing quote from Marcus Aurelius—many will recognize it from
—and it goes, “Death smiles at us all. All we can do is smile back.” I’m guessing these thirteen soldiers stationed on Snake Island did just that.
This story of courage and bad*ssery comes to us via
. Only thirteen men were stationed on Snake Island when the
Russians came knocking
, prepared to shell the entire island during their invasion of Ukraine. And when they gave the Ukrainian forces the choice to either surrender or face demise, the soldiers didn’t miss a beat making the choice and in such a way that will ensure they will live forever in our memories.
A group of Ukrainian border guards were stationed on Snake Island, in the Black Sea south of Odessa, when a Russian warship ordered them to surrender under threat of attack. \n\nTheir response: "Russian warship, go fuck yourself."\n\nThey held their ground. All 13 were killed.pic.twitter.com/GMRsXQRSX0
Radio: “This is Russian warship, I repeat, I suggest you surrender your weapons and capitulate, otherwise I will open fire. Do you copy?”
Off Radio: “This is it. Should I tell him to go f*ck himself?”
Off Radio: “Just in case.”
Radio: “Russian warship, go f*ck yourself.”
And before someone attempts to besmirch the memory of these gallant men, saying this is fake news (which, I mean, I might have been inclined to skepticism, as well), Barstool did their homework. As it turns out, the Battle of Snake Island is real, and regretfully—albeit expectedly—all thirteen of the Soldiers manning the post on Snake Island were killed by the Russians.
Ukraine's border service said the Russians shelled and captured the island. Zelenskyy confirmed the soldiers were killed and that all would be posthumously honored. Wikipedia is already dubbing this the "Battle of Snake Island."pic.twitter.com/eiZVlVnDMg
They knew what was about to happen. “This is it.” But they weren’t going to go out like sniveling cowards. “Should I tell him to go f*ck himself?” “Just in case [we die]” we want to go out like bad*sses. And you did, men. You most certainly did just that.