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Sailor who told Russian ship ‘Go f–k yourself’ starved, beaten: mother

Sailor who told Russian ship ‘Go f–k yourself starved beaten


The defiant Ukrainian sailor who told a Russian warship to “go f–k yourself” as he helped try to defend Snake Island was starved and beaten after being captured, his mother has claimed.

Roman Hrybov, 32, endured horrific abuse after he was captured by Russian soldiers while manning the defenses of Snake Island in the Black Sea, his mother Tetiana Rudolfivna Hrybova told the Daily Mail newspaper.

“Roman suffered terribly at the hands of the Russians. He was starved and beaten and subjected to degrading treatment. He lost 10 kilos (22 pounds),” she told the outlet.

The harrowing ordeal came after he was among the sailors who made headlines for their defiance in the early hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month.

When Russian naval craft the Valisy Bykov ordered Hrybov and his comrades to surrender, the brave seaman replied by radio, “Russian warship, go f–k yourself.”

Ukrainian service member Roman Hrybov receives an award from the head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration Ihor Taburets.
Press service of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration/Handout via REUTERS

Ukrainian soldier Roman Gribov receives an award from the head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration Ihor Taburets in Cherkasy, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Roman Hrybov is not interested in awards and honors, his mom said.
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The rebellious retort prompted the Bykov to bombard the island, whose defenders were initially declared dead before it emerged that they’d been taken by the Russians.

Hrybov and the other prisoners were later released during a prisoner swap –and he has been awarded a government medal for his defiant act.

Evgeniy Goncharenko, the Ukrainian soldier who returned Hrybov to his unit, also described how the men had been treated badly, according to the report.

Ukrainian soldier Roman Gribov receives an award from the head of Cherkasy Regional Military Administration Ihor Taburets in Cherkasy, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Roman Hrybov and the other prisoners were later released during a prisoner swap.
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Ukrainian soldier Roman Gribov
Ukrainian soldier Roman Hrybov defiantly told an invading Russian warship to “go f–k yourself.”
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“The Russians beat them. The soldiers got very cold. There was nowhere for them to sleep,” he said. “They had to sit on the cold floor with their hands on their heads.”

Goncharenko added: “They were not allowed to go to the toilet. It was degrading. The Russians even beat the civilians who were taken prisoner. They treated them like soldiers.”

Meanwhile, Tetiana said her son told her “he is not a hero. He is only interested in helping the other soldiers get out of the Russian jail where he was held.”

A bus brings Ukrainian servicemen from Zmeiny Island, their garrison voluntarily surrendering to Russian troops
A bus brings Ukrainian servicemen from Zmeiny Island.
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vessel identified by Maxar as a Ropucha-class landing ship off Zmiinyi Island, or Snake Island, in the Black Sea, 13 March 2022
Roman Hrybov endured horrific abuse after he was captured by Russian soldiers while manning the defenses of Snake Island in the Black Sea, his mother says.
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There are still 72 Ukrainians locked up in the facility, according to the Daily Mail.

Tetiana said that when President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the defenders had been killed, “I didn’t want to believe it was Roman, I refused to believe he was killed.

“But then I learned that my son was being held prisoner. It was torment. I almost collapsed,” she told the outlet. “I made a shrine to him in corner in the room and every day I came here to chat and tell him photos of what was happening.”

All 13 Ukrainian border guards defending a Black Sea island were killed on Thursday after they refused to surrender, telling the invading Russian warship to “go f*ck yourself” before it opened fire, according to Ukrainian officials.
There are still 72 Ukrainians locked up in the facility where Hrybov was held.
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Ukrainian service member Roman Gribov, who was captured by Russian troops on Snake Island on February 24 and recently swapped for Russian POWs
Roman Hrybov is set to report back to duty soon.
Cherkasy Regional State Administration/Handout via REUTERS

“And when we met after the captivity, he said he heard me,” she added.

Hrybov, who is due to report back for duty shortly, is not interested in awards and honors, his mom said.

“He is worried about his brothers who are in captivity. That is the only thing that is important to him,” she told the outlet.



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