Some Ukrainians soldiers defected, surrendered. These remain loyal.

Ukraine’s elite Black Berets group of marines refuse to lay down their arms at the request of Russian orders. The unit has loaded up its vehicles and are ready to deploy to mainland Ukraine, but will only go with all of their weapons, ammunition, APCs and the base’s Ukrainian flag.

If anyone tries to enter the base, they will open fire.

“We are men of war, accordingly, we are responsible for our vehicles, for our weapons. Nobody is being captured, no one is winning, and we see no reason why we should leave anything behind,” – said Captain Oleksandr Kul.

The standoff contrasts that of the Belbek airforce base, where the unit’s commander Yuliy Mamchur surrendered all weapons and equipment to the Russian forces and would not allow his men to arm themselves in self defense.