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Ukrainian News: Soldier who tells Russian warship to ‘go f### alone’ is awarded medal | World | News

The challenging phrase on February 24 was released on the internet and was listened to by millions of people.

This sparked a wave of patriotism among the Ukrainian people symbolizing their defiance in the face of the Russian invasion.

The slogan has appeared on billboards across the country at anti-Russian protests around the world and has even inspired a new Ukraine stamp.

It was initially claimed that the soldiers in the Snake Islands had refused to surrender and fought until they were killed, but these reports were later debunked.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky even said he would posthumously award them the country’s highest military award.

The 13 soldiers stationed on the island surrendered to Russian warships and were returned to Ukraine as part of a prisoner swap.

Mr Gribov, a border guard, has reportedly applied to trademark the phrase.

At the medal ceremony, the head of the Cherkasy regional administration called Mr Gribov a true “hero”.

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In an update on Twitter, the Defense Ministry said: “Russia’s statements regarding a reduction in activity around Kyiv, and reporting indicating the withdrawal of some Russian units from this area, may indicate Russia’s acceptance that they have now lost their initiative in the region.

“It is very likely that the Russians will try to divert fighting forces from the north to their offensive in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east.”