Russia has announced that it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major rocket attack on the outpost.
The 100-acre hunk land is a favorable strategic position, located about 80 kilometers off the southern coast of Ukraine in the Black Sea.
Russia captured the island early in the war and had largely managed to preserve it, despite intermittent attacks by Ukraine’s armed forces.
But Ukraine last week launched a major offensive, destroying a series of Russian delivery stations and anti-aircraft systems with a brutal barrage of missiles.
The withdrawal represents a major loss for Putin’s forces.
The head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, published a jubilant message after learning the news this morning.
‘KABOOM! No more Russian troops on Snake Island. Our Armed Forces did a great job, ‘Yermak wrote on Twitter.
Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed that its troops had withdrawn from the strategic outpost, but described the withdrawal as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ and evidence that Russia was not interfering with the export of vital grain from Ukraine amid an escalating global crisis. food crisis.
‘As a gesture of goodwill, the Russian army completed its tasks [Snake] Iceland and withdrew the garrison stationed there, ‘announced Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
‘It has been shown to the world community that Russia is not interfering with the UN’s efforts to organize a humanitarian corridor to export agricultural products from Ukraine.
“Our decision will not allow Kiev to speculate on the looming food crisis regarding their inability to export grain through Russia’s control of the northwestern part of the Black Sea.”
Russia has announced it will leave Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major rocket attack on the outpost, pictured suffocating amid Ukrainian rocket attacks on Russian positions
Aerial photos of Snake Island show the aftermath of a Ukrainian strike on a Russian Pantsir-S1 missile defense system
Russia has announced that it will leave Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major rocket attack on the outpost (pictured here before the war)
The 100-acre hunk of land is in a favorable strategic position, sitting about 80 miles off Ukraine’s southern coastline in the Black Sea. Russia seized the island early in the war and had largely managed to maintain control despite intermittent attacks by Ukraine’s armed forces.
Ukraine last week, the Russian garrison stationed at Snake Island – the second attack in as many weeks – did considerable damage to Putin’s defense.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Ukrainian troops had destroyed a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system, a radar station and several military vehicles in a series of strikes on the island on June 20 and the early hours of June 21.
The attack came less than a week after Ukraine’s southern operational command directed attacks on the island, with satellite images showing the huge losses to Kremlin troops.
“Another strike by the Ukrainian army on Russian troops on Snake Island,” said the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
‘The occupiers lost an anti-aircraft system Pantsir. The cleansing of our country will continue for as long as it takes. ‘
Ukraine resumed Russian garrison on strategic Snake Island on June 20 and 21, just days after striking a “major” blow to Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea troops with an attack on the crucial outpost
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Ukrainian troops had destroyed a Russian armored anti-aircraft system during the strike
Snake Island is seen in an aerial photo on June 17 before Ukraine carried out a series of strikes at the strategic outpost
By June 20, Ukraine had caused serious damage, with satellite images showing devastated regions
Unofficial claims say Kiev troops used US-supplied HIMARS missiles, although this was not confirmed.
Ukrainian mMilitary spokeswoman Natalia Humeniuk said: ‘We are continuing a [military] operation on Snake Island.
‘Last night, more than 10 specific strikes were launched on the island.
“We are checking the results now, but we have already been informed that another Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system has been hit.”
In February, the Ukrainian border guard Roman Hrybov on the Snake Island sent a famous “Russian warship, go f *** you” out to Russian officers aboard the Moscow ship.
Hrybov and his crew were thought to be dead after Moscow bombed the island with artillery fire, but they survived miraculously and received awards when they returned to Ukrainian soil a few weeks ago in a prison carriage.
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