Heroism of Ukrainian marines in Mariupol ‘will enter military textbooks’

10 April, 02:35 PM
Panorama of Mariupol, destroyed by shelling by Russian troops (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Panorama of Mariupol, destroyed by shelling by Russian troops (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Ukrainian marines participating in a difficult defense operation in Mariupol have demonstrated their heroism daily for more than 45 days, destroying 13 Russian battalion tactical groups.

The marines, a relatively understaffed military unit of Ukraine’s Armed Forces prior to the Russia’s full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, are playing an increasingly important part of the defense operation taking place in Mariupol, south-eastern Ukraine.

The official web-page of Ukraine Marine Forces (VMS ZSU) reports that the marines have already eliminated 13 battalion tactical groups of the enemy.

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“Most of the theoretical study books on this matter say that a platoon that is conducting a defensive operation under encirclement by enemy forces, will be able to survive no more than a week,” says the Ukraine Marine Forces press service. “But the fighters of the Myhailo Bylynsky Marine Brigade have survived for more than 45 days and keep heroically pressuring the Russian fascist assault (in Mariupol).”

According to Ukraine Marine Forces press office, Ukrainian marines have already caused a huge amount of damage to Russian units. They’ve kept their morale high and “each day are breaking the teeth of the invaders.”

More than 13 Russian battalion tactical groups have already lost their ability to fight in Mariupol, the Marine Forces press office said.

It said there were several examples of the marines’ heroism during the Mariupol defensive operation that could be “placed in military theory textbooks, without any exaggerations.” For the security reasons, press service is not disclosing the full names of Ukrainian marines.

  • 1st Sergeant M. is leading a sniper group that has successfully accomplished the task of eliminating snipers and support groups of the enemy. “In only a week, he personally destroyed 10 Russists (Russian fascists) and eight were wounded by him. Besides, the marine was able to identify the locations of weapons and equipment of the enemy, quickly providing exact geographical coordinates of those locations that allowed Ukrainian fire systems to suppress fire systems of the enemy and stop the shelling of Ukrainian marines,” says the Ukraine Marine Forces press office.

1st Sergeant M. is leading a sniper group that has successfully accomplished the task of eliminating snipers and support groups of the enemy. “In only a week, he personally destroyed 10 Russists (Russian fascists) and eight were wounded by him. Besides, the marine was able to identify the locations of weapons and equipment of the enemy, quickly providing exact geographical coordinates of those locations that allowed Ukrainian fire systems to suppress fire systems of the enemy and stop the shelling of Ukrainian marines,” says the Ukraine Marine Forces press office.

  • Lieutenant V. has destroyed at least two enemy by himself. On March 6, the Ukrainian marine during the fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, despite being really close to the enemy and under severe risk of being shelled, used his RPG-7 rocker-launcher to destroy a Russian T-72 tank. On March 29, 2022 Lieutenant V. during fighting in Mariupol destroyed another T-72 tank, killing its personnel as well. He used an NLAW anti-tank rocket-launcher.

Lieutenant V. has destroyed at least two enemy by himself. On March 6, the Ukrainian marine during the fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, despite being really close to the enemy and under severe risk of being shelled, used his RPG-7 rocker-launcher to destroy a Russian T-72 tank. On March 29, 2022 Lieutenant V. during fighting in Mariupol destroyed another T-72 tank, killing its personnel as well. He used an NLAW anti-tank rocket-launcher.

  • On March 22, Senior Marine G. hit a Russian Orlan drone, which is able to conduct intelligence and tactical operations

On March 22, Senior Marine G. hit a Russian Orlan drone, which is able to conduct intelligence and tactical operations

  • The marines are doing heroic acts on a daily basis with many of them getting wounded, but refusing to leave the battlefield. On March 9, during the artillery shelling that the Russians have been targeting the Ukrainian marine battalion with, eight Ukrainian marines were wounded. Risking his life, marine N. used a Hummer armored vehicle to help rescue his wounded comrades, evacuating them to a safe location. While doing this, marine N. was wounded as well. However, four days later, on March 13, marine N used an RPG-7 rocket launcher to destroy a Russian Ural-4320 armored truck full of military supplies, killing its personnel too.

The marines are doing heroic acts on a daily basis with many of them getting wounded, but refusing to leave the battlefield. On March 9, during the artillery shelling that the Russians have been targeting the Ukrainian marine battalion with, eight Ukrainian marines were wounded. Risking his life, marine N. used a Hummer armored vehicle to help rescue his wounded comrades, evacuating them to a safe location. While doing this, marine N. was wounded as well. However, four days later, on March 13, marine N used an RPG-7 rocket launcher to destroy a Russian Ural-4320 armored truck full of military supplies, killing its personnel too.

“We have lots of examples like that. The marines are continuing to destroy the invaders, as they are fighting for their country. Our enemy has concentrated enormous forces on invading the city, but thanks to the boldness and courage of Mariupol’s defenders, the orcs (Russian soldier) have not been able to successfully accomplish their plans,” said the Ukraine Marine Forces press service.

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