Roman Gribov, a Ukrainian soldier, has been awarded a military medal in recognition of his brave act of defiance. Initially reported dead following the Russian attack on Snake Island, information later emerged that a group of Ukrainian defense forces had survived and been detained, Gribov among them. As part of a successful swap deal, Russia swapped prisoners with Ukraine, freeing 19 Ukrainian service members for 11 Russian soldiers.
Cherkasy Governor Ihor Taburets recognized Gribov’s bravery in the face of the invasion and honored the defiant words that risked his life by presenting the award.
The governor said: “I know your face, I am very happy. You truly deserve this award for your achievements in the Cherkasy region.”
A small group of 13 Ukrainian soldiers, including Gribov, had been defending Snake Island, an area in the Black Sea when Russian troops attacked.
Gribov rose to prominence after footage of his explicit refusal to surrender to an invading Russian warship surfaced, in which he urged enemy ships to “go alone.”
Talking about Gribov’s actions, Taburets said: “You are someone we care about – just like any other defender who protects our homeland.”
Taburets celebrated Gribov’s return as Ukraine’s “towards victory” moment.
Gribov said: “Truth and power are with us. We will win this together.”
His explicit refusal to surrender under the threat of a Russian attack has been the subject of much media coverage and has become an iconic moment in the invasion.
He ipadnewsed confidence in Ukraine’s continued military efforts, saying “Glory to Ukraine!” after receiving his compliment.
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Gribov has just returned to his home in Cherkasy, after being captured by Russian troops
Following the army’s refusal to surrender, the island was subjected to ruthless Russian bombing and reports emerged that all Ukrainian servicemen in the area had been killed.
As the situation developed, information emerged that a group of defending Ukrainian soldiers had survived and were being held as prisoners.
In a monumental moment of war, a small group of Ukrainian soldiers were repatriated as part of a successful prisoner swap deal.