A Ukrainian soldier has been hailed as a hero after he blew himself up with a bridge in order to stop Russian troops from advancing, according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Sharing the news on their Facebook page, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that Vitaliy Skakun Volodymyrovych took up a position at a bridge near to Crimea when Russian tanks were advancing.

When he realized that he would not be able to get out in time before the explosion, he allegedly took the decision to stay down and ensure that the bridge was destroyed, even though it meant giving his own life.

His country’s armed forces have since called him a hero.

The translated post reads: “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 Isthmus of Perekop, where a separate marines battalion was one of the first to meet the enemy,”

Following the demolition of the bridge, the Russian armored column had to take a longer route, thereby giving the Ukrainian military more time to respond.