The military of Ukraine has not yet landed on Zmein, despite the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense about leaving the island, reported in Kyiv. The Armed Forces of Ukraine believe that it is too early to form an outpost there
Ukrainian forces are “too early” to occupy Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea, the situation in the region is being monitored, Natalya Gumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Southern Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told CNN.
“Our troops have not yet landed on the island <…> it is still too early for us to form an outpost on Serpent Island. We must finish investigating the results of the military operation,— she said.
On June 30, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the military would leave Zmeiny. The ministry called this decision “a step of good will.” and a demonstration that Russia does not prevent the UN from organizing a humanitarian corridor for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. The agency also reposted a recording of the War on Fake Telegram channel, which claims that Serpentine has fulfilled his role “for the moment”, and the smoke is explained by the destruction of the remains of equipment and ammunition.
Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, the battles for Serpentine began on the same day. A day later, on February 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that control had been established over the island and 82 Ukrainian soldiers had been captured. They took a subscription refusing to participate in hostilities, the department said.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
The Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva took part in the operation to take Snake Island under control. On the night of April 14, a fire broke out on the ship due to detonated ammunition, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed, and in the evening of the same day the cruiser sank. The ministry's report said that “during the towing of the cruiser” Moskva ” to the port of destination due to damage to the hull received during the fire from the detonation of ammunition, the ship lost stability».
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The Ukrainian military has repeatedly attacked the island since that time. The Russian Ministry of Defense said in early May that the repulsion by Russian forces of one of them led to a “catastrophe”; for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, more than 50 people were killed, four aircraft, ten helicopters, three boats and 30 drones were shot down. At the beginning of last week, on June 20, the department spoke about the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the next attack on the island of missiles “Tochka-U”, MLRS “Hurricane” and American howitzers M-777. The ministry's message said that “all enemy weapons fired at Zmeiny Island were destroyed.”
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