A heroic Ukrainian marine blew himself up along with a bridge in Crimea on Thursday to hold off a Russian offensive and allow his battalion to regroup and redeploy.
Vitaly Shakun was on duty at the Genichesk bridge in the Kherson region when the Russians advanced.
According to a post on the Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the battalion decided that the only way to stop them was to blow up the bridge.
He was mined, but he did not have time to get out.
Shakun wrote to them and said he was going to blow up the bridge. A few seconds later they heard an explosion, the report said.
Vitaly Shakun was on duty at the Genichesk bridge in the Kherson region when the Russians advanced. According to a post on the Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the battalion decided that the only way to stop them was to blow up the bridge.
A post on the Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine describes in detail his heroic efforts.
The Genichesk bridge in the Kherson region at the Crimean crossing, which Ukrainian forces say is a key defense site.
A destroyed bridge on Thursday after a heroic soldier blew it up
His efforts drastically slowed the Russian advance and allowed his comrades to regroup and redeploy.
He is believed to be among at least 137 people who died yesterday on the first day of the war.
“On this difficult day for our country, when the Ukrainian people are rebuffing the Russian invaders in all directions, one of the most difficult places on the map of Ukraine was the Crimean Isthmus, where a separate battalion of marines met one of the first enemies. .
“In order to stop the advance of the tank column, it was decided to blow up the Genichesk automobile bridge.
The engineer of a separate battalion, Vitaly Vladimirovich Skakun, volunteered to carry out this task. The bridge was mined, but he did not have time to leave.
“According to the brothers, Vitaly got in touch and said that he was blowing up the bridge. An explosion was immediately heard. Our brother is dead.
“His heroic deed significantly slowed down the advance of the enemy, which allowed the unit to redeploy and organize defense,” the post reads.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kiev on Friday. Ukrainians urged to fight for their lives
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds up a Kalashnikov during an interview on Friday. He joined the civil territorial defense on the streets of Ukraine and says there are lines of people who want to help, but they do not have enough weapons.
Residents of Kiev hide in a bomb shelter somewhere in the city as it comes under fire from Russia.
Ukrainian soldiers take up positions on a bridge in Kiev as Russian troops advance towards the capital.
Russian soldiers in a BMP-2 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle move towards mainland Ukraine along the road near Armyansk, Crimea.
WAR IN UKRAINE: LAST
- Russia says it is not ready to negotiate with the Ukrainian government until the military operation is over
- Came after Zelenskiy called for a meeting with Putin to end hostilities
- Putin said he was ready to send a team of negotiators to meet with Zelensky – in Belarus, which is helping with the invasion
- Then the President of Russia called on the Ukrainian military to overthrow the “regime” in Kiev
- Chinese President Xi spoke with Putin by phone and called for a diplomatic solution to the conflict
- Ukraine said that over the past 24 hours, Russia has bombed 33 civilian targets in Kiev.
- It is reported that two children were killed in an explosion in Kiev overnight.
- Ukraine has banned men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country to be drafted into the armed forces.
- Zelensky allowed anyone of any age to join the military and encouraged Europeans from other countries to come and join the fight.
- Russia is moving paratroopers to Chernobyl after its capture yesterday, Moscow said.
- Ukraine has reported “abnormal” levels of radiation at the nuclear power plant amid fears that the nuclear storage facility had been breached during the fighting, but Moscow said the readings were normal.
- Russia claims to have destroyed 118 Ukrainian military facilities in 30 hours of fighting
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that additional support would be provided to Ukraine in the coming days.
- Johnson shared a phone conversation with Zelensky on Friday morning
The report says that he will be awarded posthumous awards for his bravery. Ukrainian military and civilians fight to the death to stop Putin’s army.
President Zelenskiy told the country yesterday that he would give firearms to anyone who wants one and is willing to stay and fight.
Citizens are encouraged to use Molotov cocktails to fight the enemy.
In photos shared by Ukrainian MP Andriy Osandchuk, last night dozens of them signed up for defense units across the country.
President Zelensky this morning shamed President Biden for “watching from afar” as Putin stormed his country.
Biden and the West imposed tough economic sanctions but did not engage in any physical conflict.
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on the streets with squads of civilians lining up to join the fight.
On Friday, he told CNN they were all ready to fight, but they had no weapons.
– We have, maybe, two machine guns … and that’s it. We don’t have artillery, tanks, it’s a long line of conscripts, and we don’t have enough weapons.
“These are ordinary people who have never served in the army. Now they are queuing to join us.
“It’s very touching.”
“Putin will never catch up with Ukraine.
“It doesn’t matter how many soldiers, missiles, nuclear weapons he has.
“We Ukrainians are free people with a great European future,” he said.