The Ukrainian soldier who informed a Kremlin military warship to ‘cross f*** your self’ was once starved and overwhelmed in a ‘hellish’ Russian jail after being captured, it’s been published.
Border guard Roman Hrybov, 32, and his comrades defiantly refused to give up at the strategically vital Snake Island within the Black Sea at the first day of the battle.
They have been captured and held for a month in a secret prison in Russia the place Hrybov misplaced 22 kilos and was once ‘degraded’, however he insists he’s ‘now not a hero’.
He was once returned to Ukraine in a prisoner switch final week and is now again house in Cherkasy, and needs to spotlight the plight of 72 different Ukrainian prisoners who proceed to languish within the prison the place he was once held.
His mom Tetiana Rudolfivna Hrybova informed MailOnline: ‘Roman suffered extraordinarily by the hands of the Russians. He was once starved and overwhelmed and subjected to degrading remedy. He misplaced 10kg.
The Ukrainian soldier who informed a Kremlin military warship to ‘cross f*** your self’ was once starved and overwhelmed in a ‘hellish’ Russian jail
His mom Tetiana Rudolfivna Hrybova (pictured) stated her son ‘suffered extraordinarily by the hands of the Russians’
‘However he says he isn’t a hero. He’s simplest excited by serving to the opposite squaddies get out of the Russian prison the place he was once held.’
Soldier Evgeniy Goncharenko, who took Roman again to his unit after the prisoner trade, stated: ‘Roman and his comrades have been handled badly.
‘The Russians beat them. The warriors were given very chilly. There was once nowhere for them to sleep.
‘That they had to take a seat at the chilly ground with their palms on their heads.
‘They weren’t allowed to visit the bathroom. It was once degrading.’
Hrybov, 32, and his comrades defiantly refused to give up at the strategically vital Snake Island within the Black Sea at the first day of the battle
After studying that he was once being held prisoner, his mom arrange a shrine to him at her house in Cherkasy and prayed on a daily basis for his secure liberate
He added: ‘The Russians even beat the civilians who have been taken prisoner. They handled them like squaddies.’
Roman’s 13-strong unit was once in the beginning feared to were killed when the Russian send opened hearth on their far off outpost on Snake Island round 180 miles west of Crimea.
Ukrainian defence officers hailed their bravery as they issued a recording of Roman’s radio dialog with an officer at the send who was once challenging their give up.
Nevertheless it emerged 3 days later that the border guards had miraculously escaped dying and ended up being captured through Russian forces and held for a month in an army prison at a secret location
Tetiana in the beginning refused to imagine it was once her son’s voice within the defiant radio message which emerged the day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Roman’s 13-strong unit was once in the beginning feared to were killed when the Russian send opened hearth on their far off outpost on Snake Island (pictured)
Soldier Evgeniy Goncharenko (pictured), who took Roman again to his unit after the prisoner trade, stated: ‘Roman and his comrades have been handled badly’
The Ukrainian Parliament showed sailors who have been captured as they defended a small island within the Black Sea were freed in a prisoner trade with Moscow
She may now not settle for his dying, even after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated the border guards had all ‘died heroically’ with out surrendering and can be getting posthumously getting Hero of Ukraine awards, the rustic’s easiest honour.
After studying that he was once being held prisoner, she arrange a shrine to him at her house in Cherkasy and prayed on a daily basis for his secure liberate.
Tetiana stated she ‘virtually fainted’ when her prayers have been reputedly replied and he or she heard his voice after he was once freed.
Talking of the instant, she first heard the recording of his message of defiance, she informed MailOnline: ‘I did not wish to imagine it was once Roman, I refused to imagine he was once killed.
‘However then I discovered that my son was once being held prisoner. It was once torment. I virtually collapsed.
Tetiana in the beginning refused to imagine it was once her son’s voice within the defiant radio message which emerged the day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 (pictured left, elderly 18, and proper, elderly 4)
‘I made a shrine to him in nook within the room and on a daily basis I got here right here to talk and inform him pictures of what was once taking place.
‘And after we met after the captivity, he stated he heard me.’
Roman and his pals were stationed at the 40-acre Snake Island close to the Ukrainian and Romanian coasts at the Black Sea.
The rocky island – referred to as Zmiinyi Island in Ukrainian – has a marine analysis station and is known to be strategically vital as a result of its assets together with petroleum.
The recording of a Naval radio channel featured a Russian officer giving an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces at the island to give up or face being annihilated.
Hrybov, whose viral remark of defiance within the face of close to sure dying as a Russian warship attacked Ukraine’s Snake Island, has been awarded a civic medal
The voice stated: ‘This can be a army warship. This can be a Russian army warship. I recommend you lay down your guns and give up to steer clear of bloodshed and unnecessary casualties. Another way, you are going to be bombed. Do you replica?’
After a brief duration of silence, Roman is heard asking a colleague, ‘Neatly that is it, will have to I inform him to move fuck himself?’ Every other voice stated, ‘Simply in case…’
The amount was once grew to become up as Roman replied: ‘Russian warship, cross fuck your self.’
His phrases got here to epitomise the David v Goliath spirit that has marked Ukraine’s spirited resistance towards the Russian battle device
Roman’s pugnacious message even precipitated a patriotic poster marketing campaign around the country.
A civil medal offered to Hrybov through Igor Taburets, the pinnacle of Cherkasy’s regional management
A civilian send referred to as ‘Sapphire’ was once despatched to Snake Island to test on casualties after the island was once seized through the Russians, however the staff additionally ended up being captured
Roman has now been granted a couple of days go away, and has returned house to Cherkasy the place he was once given a medal through the native civic government
However the soldier, who’s because of be returning to provider, is simplest excited by saving his brothers in hands.
His mom added: ‘Roman has been given army awards, however he does now not wish to obtain any of those.
‘He does now not wish to be a hero. He’s apprehensive about his brothers who’re in captivity. That’s the simplest factor this is vital to him.’