Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram has the latest on the Biden admin's response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict on'Special Report.' Fighting continues over Ukraine's Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, as Russia looks to reinforce its troops on the small body of land located just off the southwest Ukrainian coastline in the Black Sea, officials warned Wednesday. The island became a symbol of Ukraine's resistance immediately following Russia's invasion in late February after Ukrainian soldiers famously stood up to a Russian warship. The United Kingdom's defense ministry warned that Russia is "repeatedly trying to reinforce its exposed garrison" located on the island. Snake Island, though tiny, has proven strategically important in Ukraine's war against Russia as it is located roughly 30 miles from Ukraine's most southern region.
One of the Russian navy warships that attacked Ukraine's Snake Island last month sank after a Ukrainian counterattack Monday night, military sources in Kyiv tell Fox News Digital. The Ukrainian defense forces manning the island earned international praise on Feb. 24 when they responded to a naval vessel demanding their surrender with defiance. "Russian ship, go f--- yourself!" Initially, Ukrainian authorities believed all 13 Snake Island defenders were killed in the ensuing bombardment – and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they would all be posthumously honored as national heroes. But the Ukrainian navy later said it had discovered all of them were captured alive by Russian forces.
Foreign correspondent Trey Yingst reports the latest from Kyiv, Ukraine. The Snake Island soldiers who reportedly told a Russian warship to "go f--- yourself" were captured alive by Russia after initial reports indicated the service members died in the attack, the Ukrainian Navy confirmed Monday. Ukraine's military lost contact with the 13 marines and border guards on Zmiinyi Island, or "Snake" Island, after a Russian attack, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said each of them would be posthumously awarded the title of "Hero of Ukraine." The Russian attack decimated the island's infrastructure. The crew of a Ukrainian Sapphire civilian ship sent to the island to aid the victims were also captured by the Russians, Ukraine said.
Russian military forces have not made the kinds of gains they expected in Ukraine and have faced more resistance than anticipated from Ukrainian forces, according to a senior U.S. defense official. After two days of war, Ukrainian command and control is still intact and no population centers have been taken. And Russia has yet to achieve air superiority with Ukraine's air and missile defense capability still working, though degraded, the defense official told reporters Friday. "The Russians have lost a little bit of their momentum," the defense official told reporters, speaking on background. A man stands in front of a Russian Ka-52 helicopter gunship is seen in the field after a forced landing outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. The official added: "In general we assess the Russian forces are encountering greater resistance than they expected."
All 13 Ukrainian border guards defending'Snake Island' in the Black Sea were killed after defying an invading Russian warship. Ukrainians who have fled their homes in the Russian invasion told off Russia's leader, with one saying she hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin dies "painfully" after his invasion of her home country. Fox News Digital spoke with two Ukrainian women, Natalia and Anastasiia in Monday phone calls about their experiences in the war-torn country after Putin's invasion just two weeks ago and asked both if they had a message for the Russian president. "I hope he dies, painfully," Anastasiia, a 22-year-old from Irpin, told Fox News Digital. "I really hope that he knows that the amount of hate and the amount of pain he's caused, this will never be something he can get over."