Dramatic new video shows Ukrainians attacking Snake Island to destroy Russian equipment left at the strategic outpost.
Russian troops hastily left Snake Island on Thursday, just days after Ukrainian forces launched a devastating missile attack on the outpost in what they described as a “goodwill gesture”.
Putin’s remaining troops on the island fled in two speedboats in the middle of the night, with the ledge “covered in fire” after a fresh volley of rocket attacks on remaining Russian positions, the Ukrainian military said.
The Russians made unsuccessful attempts to destroy their remaining equipment left on the island to prevent it from falling into Ukrainian hands and being turned against their creators.
But in the end, the Ukrainian military had to do it for them.
The slick video, produced by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, begins with smooth close-ups of a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone that has been so effective in the war so far.
High-resolution footage of Snake Island on the Black Sea horizon precedes military drone footage of a Russian supply truck sitting on a jetty.
A blob of white slides into the shot and obliterates the truck in a white flash, setting the jetty on fire.
A Russian supply truck, abandoned on a jetty on Snake Island, explodes when hit by a Turkish drone
A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone, so effective in the war so far, was responsible for launching the missile
The Russians made unsuccessful attempts to destroy their remaining equipment left on the island to prevent it from falling into Ukrainian hands and being turned against their creators
Russian troops hastily left Snake Island on Thursday, just days after Ukrainian forces launched a devastating missile attack on the outpost, leaving equipment behind
A blob of white slides into the shot and obliterates the truck in a white flash, setting the jetty on fire
The 100 hectare piece of land is in a favorable strategic position as it is located some 80 miles off the southern coast of Ukraine in the Black Sea. Russia captured the island early in the war and had largely managed to retain control of it, despite intermittent attacks by Ukrainian forces
Bayraktar’s drone attack followed Ukrainian claims Russia dropped banned phosphorus bombs on the island after it was abandoned this week.
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 48, said: “The Russians tried to destroy their equipment, weapons and belongings on Snake Island. But, as always, they failed in this task.
“We helped the occupiers evacuate the remains of their garrison from our island forever.
“There is no longer any trace of the so-called “Russian soul”. Everything will be Ukraine.”
The term “Russian soul” has been used in literature in reference to the uniqueness of Russian national identity. The term is also sometimes referred to as “great Russian soul”, “mysterious Russian soul” or “Russian spirit”.
The Ukrainian general claimed the Russians dropped banned phosphorus bombs on the outpost after leaving the Black Sea island.
Andriy Yermak, head of Zelenskyy’s office, this morning shared a photo of smoke billowing from the island after another attack took place last night
Russia has announced it will leave Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major missile attack on the outpost (pictured here before the war).
Saluzhnyi said: “The leadership of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation does not even live up to their own declarations, which constitute a ‘gesture of goodwill’. [in retreating from Snake Island].
Two Russian Su-30 planes twice launched phosphorus incendiary airstrikes on Snake Island, he said.
At that time the island was probably uninhabited.
The 100-hectare piece of land 80 miles off Ukraine’s southern coast was seized by Kremlin forces in the early days of the war, but has been bombarded by Ukrainian forces in a major offensive with long-range weapons in recent weeks.
The Russian Defense Ministry immediately tried to paint the withdrawal as a “goodwill gesture” to bolster the flow of grain exports when it confirmed the withdrawal of its troops.
But the withdrawal is a humiliating strategic blow for Putin in a war that has resulted in him losing tens of thousands of soldiers and vast amounts of military equipment.
The island, despite its tiny size, is of high strategic importance as its location allows the owner to control maritime activities south of Ukraine, especially around the major port city of Odessa.
The strategic island has been contentious since the start of the four-month war, when Ukrainian defenders famously told an approaching Russian warship to piss off.
The Russian cruiser – the Moskva – was later sunk in a Ukrainian missile attack, perhaps Vladimir Putin’s greatest single humiliation of the war.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10976511/Sting-tail-moment-Ukrainian-forces-attack-Snake-island-destroy-Russian-equipment.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Poke the tail! The moment Ukrainian forces attack Snake Island to destroy Russian equipment