50 Ukrainian saboteurs, several fighter jets, helicopters and drones have been destroyed in attempts to capture Snake Island over the past two days, the Ministry of Defense reported
Air and sea assault forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have made several unsuccessful landing attempts over the past two days on Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.
More than 50 Ukrainian saboteurs were killed while trying to seize the island, the bodies of 24 soldiers remained on the shore, the ministry added.
“As a result of the competent actions of a unit of the Russian armed forces located on the island, the Ukrainian provocation was thwarted. The enemy suffered heavy losses, — The ministry said in a statement.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
Russian forces shot down three Su-24 fighter jets, one Su-27, three Mi-8 helicopters with troops on board, and also a Mi-24 helicopter while trying to attack the Ukrainian side in the Zmeinoye area, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Also, 29 drones were destroyed, including eight attack “Bayraktar TB-2”, the ministry added.
“Also, during an attempt to land troops on the night of May 8, three armored Ukrainian assault boats were destroyed project 58181 “Centaur” with servicemen of the Ukrainian Navy»,— the message says.
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Snake Island is part of the Kiliysky district of the Odessa region. It became part of Ukraine in accordance with the Paris Agreement of 1947 after the transfer of Bessarabia to the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Serpentine became the subject of a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Romania. In 2009, the International Court of Justice in The Hague recognized Zmeiny as an island, not a rock, as Romania sought.
On February 25, on the second day of the Russian special operation, the Ukrainian authorities reported that they had lost control over the island. On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that 82 people laid down their arms “in the area of Snake Island” and voluntarily surrendered to the Russian armed forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. Kyiv, in response to this, declared martial law and general mobilization.
At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and the regrouping of troops. From that moment on, the main task of the Russian military was the “complete liberation of Donbass”, the ministry reported.
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