A heroic Ukrainian marine blew himself up along with a bridge in Crimea on Thursday to hold off advancing Russian troops and allow his battalion to regroup and redeploy.

Vitaly Shakun was manning the Henichesk bridge in the Kherson region when Russians advanced.

The Henichesk bridge in the Kherson region at the Crimean crossing which the Ukrainian forces said was a key area of defense.

According to a post on the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s Facebook page, the battalion decided the only way to stop them was to blow up the bridge. It was mined, and he had no time to get out.

Shakun texted them and told them he was going to blow up the bridge. Seconds later, they heard an explosion, the post said.

Vitaly Shakun was manning the Henichesk bridge in the Kherson region when Russians advanced. According to a post on the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s Facebook page, the battalion decided the only way to stop them was to blow up the bridge.

Vitaly Shakun was manning the Henichesk bridge in the Kherson region when Russians advanced. According to a post on the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s Facebook page, the battalion decided the only way to stop them was to blow up the bridge.

A post on the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s Facebook page detailed his heroic efforts.

His efforts dramatically slowed down the Russian advance and allowed his comrades to regroup and re-deploy.

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He is believed to be among the at least 137 people who died on the first day of the war yesterday.

‘On this difficult day for our country, when the Ukrainian people are repelling the Russian occupiers 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.

‘To stop the advance of the tank column, it was decided to blow up the Genichesky road bridge.

Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Skakun, an engineer of a separate battalion, volunteered to perform this task. The bridge was mined, but he did not have time to leave.

‘According to the brothers, Vitaliy got in touch and said that he was blowing up the bridge. An explosion was heard immediately. Our brother died.

‘His heroic deed significantly slowed the advance of the enemy, which allowed the unit to redeploy and organize the defense,’ a translation of the post reads.

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