Ukraine trolls Putin with troop deaths app called ‘go f*** yourself’
The Ukrainian military has trolled Vladimir Putin by creating an application to show users live updates of how many Russian soldiers are dying in the war with their country's forces.
And to add insult to injury, the name of the app makes reference to a now iconic quote made famous when a small Ukrainian unit on Snake Island told a Russian warship to "f*** off" when offered safe passage in return for their surrender.
The app, which the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine created in concert with Alty, a Ukrainian tech company, is called “Russian ship, go f*** yourself".
Leonid Goriev, the CEO of Alty, said the company created the app to help bring Ukraine a victory sooner.
“We were inspired by the daily work of the specialists of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, who diligently formulated information on the damage of enemy personnel and the Russian Federation technology in their infographics,” Gorev said in a statement shared by the Ukrainian military.
“Therefore, on a volunteer basis, we created a handy app with a set of beautiful widgets to track the occupant's losses and bring our victory closer.”
Approximately 24,700 Russian troops have died since the beginning of the war, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Thursday, May 5.
Lt. Valery Zakabluk and his unit were captured defending Snake Island, during which they uttered the now immortal battle cry.
Last week, the lieutenant opened up about his experience in Russian captivity, saying he was "proud" of he and his team's staunch resistance.
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Speaking on CNN, he said: "Just the other day, my wife and I went into a store and there were some T-shirts with the slogan and a picture of a warship.
"I felt proud. But also it’s a pride mixed with sadness because I know that most of my fellow soldiers are still in captivity,” he said. “I feel proud but with a tinge of sadness."
The soldier described how he and his unit turned down an offer of safe passage after it became clear they would have to surrender to Russian forces.
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He said: "We stayed and continued to fight, but the Russians destroyed our air defences.
"First we were commanded to lie down with our faces down, and we were kept in that position for about seven hours."
Lt. Zakabluk and the other soldiers ran between bomb shelters evading Russian airstrikes from the Moskva, only surrendering when they were running low on ammunition.
After two weeks, the group were put on a plane and flown out of the country, likely to northern Russia.
The solider said he was in captivity for a total of five weeks before he was freed as part of a prisoner exchange.
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