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A dramatic standoff between defiant Ukrainian soldiers and Russian forces near Snake Island was recorded on an audio message as the border guards told the intruders "go f*** yourselves".
As Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on their neighbouring country on Thursday morning (February 24), their Navy forces attempted to capture the tiny island in the Black Sea, which was guarded by roughly 13 Ukrainian soldiers.
The Kremlin warship sent the troops a message through broadcast in audio and they said: "This is Russian military warship.
"I suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless casualties. Otherwise, you will be bombed."
But the brave soldiers stood on their ground and replied: "Russian warships, go f*** yourselves!"
The Russian soldiers on the radio are heard muttering the curse back at the Ukrainians before all the border guards were killed in an aerial bombardment.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged their deaths and said he will issue posthumous honours to the soldiers who were killed after refusing to surrender.
He said: "On our Zmiinyi Island, defending it to the last, all the border guards died heroically.
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"But [they] did not give up."
He also said the soldiers would be awarded the title "Hero of Ukraine", adding: "May the memory of those who gave their lives for Ukraine live forever."
The Snake Island, or Zmiinyi Island as it's known in Ukrainian, is located about 30 miles off Ukraine's coast, with a total land area is less than one-tenth of a square mile.
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