The Ukrainian Army has assured that it is recovering positions in the disputed and strategic island of Serpents. Thus, it explains that it has launched air strikes on the so-called Zmiinyi island, causing "significant losses" to the Russian forces. In a video address posted on Facebook, the kyiv armed forces' southern operational command said it had used "targeted attacks using multiple forces" on the island on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. In published satellite images, a destroyed tower can be seen on the southern end of the island, as well as burned areas in the north.
For its part, Russia, which captured the island on the first day of the invasion, has indicated that it has repelled an attempt by Ukrainian forces to seize the island.
As will be remembered, on February 24, after crossfire between the defenders of the islet and the Russian army, the former received the order to surrender. Then, the small detachment of sailors on the island responded by radio: "Russian warship, go to hell", a phrase that became viral and the 'leiv motiv' of the Ukrainian resistance.
War activity in this enclave between both sides has been constant since the beginning of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and Snake Island has changed hands several times. After the sinking of the Moskva cruiser, this space is crucial for Russia in order to install anti-aircraft batteries there to neutralize the Ukrainian ones and attack Odessa. Therefore, Ukraine tries at all costs to prevent Russia from completely taking over the island.
It is an important rock from a strategic point of view due to its location, in the Black Sea, off the coasts of Ukraine and Romania, about 45 kilometers away and has an area of just 48 hectares. Reports the ABC correspondent in Moscow, Rafael M. Mañueco.