Snake Island (Zmiinyi Island), was attacked and captured by the Russian Navy, along with its entire garrison, on February 24th. In recent days, the Ukrainian Navy attempted to counter attack Russian Forces deployed on the island, but failed to land on the island and suffered significant material losses. At the same time, the Russian military was forced to leave the island. The control over Snake Island is of strategic importance, since it is a necessary bridgehead for the assault on the southern Ukrainian region of Odessa.
The military developments on Snake Island are hard to be clearly covered, as the reports of the Defence Ministries of the both sides do not reflect the full picture, while any military reporters are absent in the area.
So far, judging by various footage from the spot, some military reports and claims by the MoD, a fierce battle for the island broke out in the Black Sea.
In the preparation for the landing of the Ukrainian troops, Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAVs have been operating almost daily over the positions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the island. Ukrainian Mi—8 helicopters have been transferred to the Chervonoglinsky airfield in Odessa. US M777 howitzers with 155 mm guided M982 Excalibur active-rocket projectiles have been transferred to the Zatoka area, posing the threat to the Russian positions on the island as well as ships nearby. Target designation and reconnaissance are provided by US reconnaissance aircraft deployed over the the Black Sea area. The Air Forces of Ukraine also reportedly use airfields in Romania and Bulgaria to base their aircraft.
Earlier, on May 2, two Russian Raptor-type boats were destroyed by strikes from Bayraktar UAVs in the Black Sea. The AFU military command confirmed the attack which took place at dawn near the Zmiinyi island.
Thus, on May 6, the Russian short-range surface-to-air missile system “Tor” deployed on Snake Island was damaged as a result of the Ukrainian attack with Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs. At least two Bayraktar TB2 attack UAVs of the AFU were deployed in the area during the attack, one of which carried out the strike and the second adjusted the fire.
On May 6, the Russian MoD claimed the interception of a Ukrainian Bayraktar UAV over the island. On May 5, another Bayraktar UAV was shot down as well as a Ukrainian Su-24 attack aircraft.
As a result of the attack, the Russian military reportedly withdrew from Snake Island on May 7.
On the same day, the Ukrainian Air Force attempted to raid on the island. Ukrainian Mi-8 cargo helicopters and the Stanislav landing boat covered by UAVs and fighters reportedly reached the shores of the island. According to the reports, at least two Su-24 and two Su-27 aircraft, as well as two more smaller warships were involved in the operation. At the moment of landing, Ukrainian forces were struck by Russian warships and aircraft.
According to the Russian MoD, a Ukrainian Su-24 bomber, a Su-27 fighter, three Mi-8 helicopters with landing troops and two Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down over Snake Island. The Ukrainian amphibious assault boat Stanislav was also destroyed.
The other Ukrainian forces retreated. The satellite imagery made on May 7 shows two ships of the Ukrainian Navy heading away from the island towards mainland Ukraine.
Ukrainian media shared the footage made by the Bayraktar UAVs in another attempt to claim new victories by the AFU. The video shows the strikes of the Ukrainian warplanes on the military strongholds on the island. Ukrainian aircraft are flying at low altitude facing no resistance, which likely confirms the statements about the withdrawal of Russian troops.
A Russian helicopter carrying members of the Special Forces involved in evacuation from the island was destroyed likely by the Ukrainian UAV.
On the same day, on May 7, the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked the airfields of Chervonoglinny, Shkolny and Martynovka, targeting the aircraft involved in the attack on the island.
Among the military targets on the territory of the Shkolny airfield and Odessa International Airport which were hit with air-launched cruise missiles on May 7, there were:
- two of the four air defense battery launchers. One of them was located on the runway of the Odessa airport.
- a settling tank with aircraft and hangars for temporary storage of aircraft equipment at the Odessa Aircraft Repair Plant.
- a warehouse.
- the flight control center of the Odessa airport has been disabled.
The island is currently the gray zone in the Black Sea. The Russian military left the island and repells the attempts of the Ukrainian Navy to take control over it. Clashes in the area continue.
On May 8, the Russian MoD reported that “during the night, two more Ukrainian Su-24 bombers and one Mi-24 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force were destroyed over the island of Zmeiny by Russian air defense means, and an unmanned aerial vehicle “Bayraktar-TB2″ was shot down near the city of Odessa.
In total, four Ukrainian aircraft, four helicopters, including three with troops on board, three Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles and one amphibious assault boat of the Ukrainian Navy were destroyed in this area during the day.”
Also, a Ukrainian Navy corvette of Project 1241 was destroyed near Odessa, according to the briefing of the Russian MoD.
On May 8, the Russian Aerospace Forces once again attacked the Martynovka airfield in the Voznesensky district, where the aircraft involved in the strikes on Snake island was based.
Effective interaction of the US intelligence and the Ukrainian armed forces, as well as the lack of an effective Russian air defense system in the area of the island, forced the Russian forces to leave the island. At the same time, the powerful grouping of the Black Sea Fleet and the VKS units based in the Crimea do not allow the AFU to establish control over the waters near Odessa.
Control over Snake Island is of strategic importance. Located near the southern coast of Odessa, it is a necessary springboard for the expected Russian attack on the southern Ukrainian region. On the other hand, if the Ukrainian military gains control of the island, it can ensure the safety of the air and sea near Odessa. The island can also be used for the supply of military equipment from abroad by sea.
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And this is what happens when Ukraine tries to attack Russia. They managed to push the enemy away from Kharkiv because they are allowing it. Slava Rossiy!
So funny, Ukraine stumped the Russians on the Snake island, and surviving Russians abandoned the island but at the same time “Russia prevented Ukrainians landing” :)
Why prevent the landing of the Ukrainians and being sitting ducks on that empty rock?
Russian excuses are made by people with missing chromosomes.
What makes you think that the Russians were on the island at all?
Why don’t you ask bayraktar TB2. 😂
Bayraktar who filmed how the Ukrainian troops are being destroyed? 😂
The deceiving maneuver was the following: russians retreated for good and let ukrops see that waiting to bait them. They don’t byte the hook. Then they ‘enforce’ the deceive by sendidng there this heli from video with soldiers which mock unloading ammo. Ukros take the bait and attack. Russian heli and 8-10 soldiers were destroyed and then ukroimbeciles came to unload theirs. Next we know what happened. An astonishing victory for the russians. But for me, as a military academy man, I put a question: why those soldiers were sacrificed ? Here only 2 options: 1. Russians didn’t mock a re-landing but a true one and were cough guard down 2. Russians mock a re-landing but some timings were erroneous and get cough.
You are unbelievably dumb, I m starting to think this is all a prank and this is just a character you play to show how russians and supporters are dumb. Must be, no human being can be this stupid
It isn’t necessary for all nazi idiots to believe how they are fucked, retard asshole. Read telegram platform motha fucker banderist looser. I know, it hurt a lot, to see you’re hohol rats are deceived and get the bait. I don’t care, I even love to see you daily butthurt melodies. Bad cock was on your mother ass, fascist worm.
Aicea ne aparam tara. Si al care vrea si al care nu vrea. Scot eu oameni din voi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9dkIdjAKtk
Bravo Alina ! Rusii nu au fost si nu sunt neam de cacaciosi. Rupetii in doua pe neonazistii lui Jelinsky homalaul. Traiasca Rusia.
The moments before the helicopter was hit, show that the troops are there to unload the cargo whatever it is as the first six were securing the perimeter (NATO training technique) but if they were there to upload the cargo the perimeter would be secured by the troops already on the ground therefore the helicopter was Ukrainian as well as the drone filming the show while the projectile responsible for the destruction was Russian.
It’s an important place in time of peace. But it can’t be defended as well as azovstal. So there is no point in staying there but can use it as bait
you are idiot
You sing beautifully, but only Jens said that our offensive has not yet begun, and you already have the 4th wave of mobilization and the bare-assed territorial defense is being dragged to the front. although they promised not to touch the territorial officials. To the Kiev authorities to lie that the sheep should be emptied.
So we lost Snake island before we took 100% Mariupol ??!! is this true?
Who say that Russians has left that Island?..there are underground facilities and Special forces can be there.
hahahahahaha underground they are, you are right for the first time 😂🤣🤣😂
hahahaha whose underground the azovstal factory clinging on to innocent civilians and begging to exchange them as tokens for food and water? Remember Russians are in Ukraine, not the other way around. Hey what happened to that fairy tale about the Makarov? Thought you claimed it was sunk? Hahahahahahaha fail
Nop not me. I actually did not buy that One, but plenty of juicy targets got hit whana see? Or you also believe that heli and troops killed from a TB 2 is Ukrainian? 😂🤣🤣😂😂
Suck dick, you imbecile retard, all are your wank fantasies.
Lure and let them in, then bomb them. Then go after the places where they come from, quite effective it seems.
Fascist-capitalist feudalist pedophilic and GENOCIDAL perverse anglo-saxon SCUM!
If the island was abandoned why were there big explosions after the bombing raids (suggesting explosives were present)? Why are there so many videos from the ukrainian side and zero from the russian to collaborate their claims? Why would the ukrainians record their own hellicopter being destroyed? Why didn’t Russian frigates offer air defense support? How did the Russians evacuate since 4 Raptor boats and one landing craft were destroyed?
Read my comment.
-If the island was abandoned why were there big explosions after the bombing raids?
Who said that?
-Why are there so many videos from the ukrainian side and zero from the russian to collaborate their claims? Why would the ukrainians record their own hellicopter being destroyed?
They are trying to cover their loss by naming their own destroyed helicopter as russian. Some of these videos probably were made before attempt of assault, video has too clear picture.
-Why didn’t Russian frigates offer air defense support?
Who said they didn’t? Also there is enough other AA systems and fighter planes.
-How did the Russians evacuate since 4 Raptor boats and one landing craft were destroyed?
You can move troops with helicopters. Not 4, but 2 (as it written in the article) boats.
Just read my commnent above
Ammunition depots may have exploded, as a rule they are not evacuated in emergency cases.
Well Hello ANdrey, you wanted proof here you have, haha plenty of it 😂🤣😂
Evidence that the Russians left and left ammunition. In case of emergency evacuation, people are taken away, there is no time to take out ammunition. 😂😂😂
Well they also “letf” at least 4 raptors, one cerna landing ship, one Mi-8 heli, a few TOR SAM anti air systems and many troops, in pieces… 😂🤣😂
There is footage for every one of them, where is russia “evidence” for any of its claims?
Keep crying I LOVE it 😘
Buahahhaaaa, buaahahhha, butthurt bitch ? Don’t worry, suck dick and you will feel better.
Go to telegram: many many videos of how bad it is for Ukraine. The Russians are buying the Ukr dead because they’re all over the place. Intelslavaz is a good channel there, but again there are many. I’ve never seen such a corrupt government as Zelensky: he has more than a BILLION DOLLARS stashed in offshore accounts and Swiss accounts. American politicians are in DC for 40 years and end up millionaires, not billionaires in just a couple years. Pandora and Panama Papers document Zelensky was robbing the country blind already years ago but it’s unbelievable how corrupt it is. In Vienna a wealthy man at a very exclusive restaurant was disgusted by Zelensky and his cohorts drinking in the champagne and went into the parking structure to film the most expensive automobiles on Earth that were there they drive around in like Maybachs etc. Msm is owned by the people here deeply involved in the corruption there.
Lot of theories going around the mi-8, can any side provide a footage of the wreckage ?
Yes, the surviving Russians. Wait, there is none left
So there was no one there.
Russia needs a war leader NOT a wannabe chest player who is playing soft ball with lifes of russian soldiers and russian reputation. Putin had his time now hand over the sceptre to real and compentent war leader other this ridicolous soft porno created by putin will end in a gang bang desaster.
Yea, this is the best comment so far. Putin is a chesT player, he likes to play with coffin chests.
Have you applied for the job?
you are right, putin is completely incompetent, girlish cuckold from sankt leningrad
Snake island is strategic in peace time, because it allows to control Dunay trade routs, legal and illegal. It’s hard to defend this island in war time, because it’s too small and close to shore. Nice catch of ukros attempting to occupy the island: ~100 dead ones, destroyed planes, UAVs, helicopters, boats. Good result even if their attempt would not failed. If they try one more time and succeed, the island can be heavily bombed with big casualties of ukros. They know it. The main goal of this suicidal assault is to gain another shiny peremoga (false victory provided via MSM with no real results at ground) before 9 May, the Victory day. Peremoga is the last effective weapon of Kiev regime and their western pimps.
This will keep us safe from air attack, Dmitri!😁
That is the idea. I would allow the ukros to come and when there is plenty of them I would erase the island from the map, just as simple as that.
you are idiot
You can suck dick as long as you wish, imbecile retard nazi mamy fuck.
Where is the proof? Where are all those Ukrainian losses? Plenty of destroyed Russians footage zero from ukraine. Maybe, just maybe, did you considered you are being lied? The russians were claiming that the footage of the heli being destroyed was ukrainian (coming from a Bayraktar lol) now they admit is theirs but they still shot an Ukrainian lol. Ukraine has no navy remember. They just need to deny the island to russians so they can not put air defenses and with moskva sunk the black sea feet is effectively defeated and not able to do a blockade to odessa. They have no air cover and can not go to close to shore because of the neptunes. Capisce? Russian Navy is a joke. Always was. history does not lie
Similarly, where is the evidence of Russian losses on the island? If Ukrainians have drones there, then why didn’t they videotape the Russian losses?
you mean like the videos of 4 raptors, one cerna landing ship, one Mi-8 heli (with plenty of troops around), a few TOR and STRELA 10 SAM anti air systems, exploding?
There is more… DO you need MORE? 😂😂😂🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂
Here we go again. Frist it was ghost of kiev then makarov. Are these arma game footage again…
Doesn’t Ukraine uses mi 8 too? Why aren’t they landing on helipad instead landing like attacking troops on the other side of the pad..
Are you hiding now? Keep an eye up , Never know when a bayraktar is watching 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😘
Ukraine receives 12 Turkish Bayraktars every two weeks.
And they are getting destroyed every week…
At only a million dollars a pop, they are getting great value out of them. Worst case scenario, the SAM missiles used to hit them nearly cost that much and will be slow to replace.
2nd best army in the world vs 75th
First best army vs around the 15th. Russia is using around 15-20% of its forces. Ukraine is using 100% are st their 4th mobilization yet still losing gradually. Russian losses overall are about 1/20th compared that of glorious Ukropistan.
Stupid troll, Ukrainan army was stronger than 50% of NATO countries combined even before they started suppling them with insane amounts of weapons.
Lol, what a nonsense. As it is clearlly seen, Ukraine army was 1 st Europe land force at 24.2, except Russia. With almost 3.000 tanks and 12.000 other vehicles, 300 S-300. And huge piles of other weapon. Including planes All serviced well. They did great job in last 8 years.
And Russia did a great job destroying most of that in less than three months!
So the 75th stronger have 20,000 anti tank weapons and access to full nato training and intel?
Russian operation vs NATO+US+Ukraine. There I fix it for you.
Have we won yet?
Yes, now drink your milk and go to bed.
Hey, don’t forget to suck your homo LGBTQETC….dick, before bed.
YES !! According to Wali, the Super Canadian Sniper who escaped to Canada.
That Mi-8 is Ukrainian. It was delivering special forces to the island. The soldiers lay on the ground and assume combat positions soon as they touch the ground, something russian soldiers would not do in russian held territory. Russians pulled their forces out of the island and let Ukrainians take the bait.
Nope, late hour news tell something different. Look my statement above.
The world owes President Putin and the Russian people a debt of gratitude for their efforts in eradicating the scourge of fahclsm and nahtzism where-ever it rears it’s ugly head.
First germany, and now 75 years later …. in uKRAPistan !
God bless you President Putin and the people you lead !
I LOVE THE SMELL OF BURNT UKRAINIAN IN THE MORNING ! ! !
Most defintely! The world ows gratitude to the brave russian soldiers giving their lives to fight aganst the resurrection of Nazi terror! Putin is way too soft!
Interesting. It seems that the russians decided to withdrew from the island leaving behind non-operational equipment in order to present a tempting target for the Ukies. Despite being perceived as “strategic”, the island is too small in size to host sufficient troops capable to witstand a full-scale attack so it makes sense for the RF to leave it. On the other hand, being perceived by the western “analysist” as “springboard for the expected Russian attack”, it could be used as a bait to smoke out the remaining navy and air force of the Ukies. Not to mention that it would be a “matter of pride” for the ukies to take it back. I wonder why the western “analysts actually expect such attack on south-western Ukraine anytime soon – the dispositioning of the Black Sea Navy and the attacks carried so far by the russians in the region indicate that the goal was to keep the Ukie forces there, still capable of fighting, in check.
“On the other hand, being perceived by the western “analysist” as “springboard for the expected Russian attack”, it could be used as a bait to smoke out the remaining navy and air force of the Ukies.”
As it already was before when ukros lost 6 gun-boats out of 16 and several TB-2. They were trying to intercept a ship with their own POWs (~80 boarder guards) and destroy it. “This is perennial attribute of ukrainian chivalry” as they love to proclaim.
“A Russian helicopter carrying members of the Special Forces involved in evacuation from the island was destroyed likely by the Ukrainian UAV.”
Correction, that was an invading ukropbot Mil-8 helo. You can clearly see paratroopers getting out taking up position around the helo gearing up to expand the landing zone. That’s the moment when they are hit by a Russian jet. Also the explosion is likely from a FAB 500 or bigger. If they were Russian they wouldn’t behave like that. Ukrops are selling their own losses as Russian losses Pathetic.
I want to believe.
Why is RU not patroling this airspace though. How could Su 24 and 27 fly around from airports near this island without getting nailed?
russian air force is good for military parade and for air shows, but for the war is worthless, I quoted strelkov
It’s highly capable, though I wonder about the command occasionally.
They have proven the opposite in less than three months. Strelkov is wrong.
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah Cope. Hard. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Hahahahahahahahahaha keep making up funny ghost stories hahahahahaha
Ghost of kiev??
Your last sentence is correct, and that has been their consistent propaganda modus operandi from the start. Painting Zs on their own burnt out tanks etc. Pathetic, as you say.
The island is the size of several football fields without a single natural shelter. Whoever is on that island is nothing more than a very juicy target for the opponent. Even if the Ukrainians return to that piece of land, the Russians will practice shooting at them, and still the Russians will take it again when they need it. That island is something that cannot be defended.
you are complete idiot
Thank you for showing us your upbringing and intelligence … By the way, such an address can be dangerous for you, you don’t know me …
the Russian need to push towards Odessa,the need to reinforce the force move-in there with an other 25k to 50 k to speed up the process and I was the Russian ,I would start a smart air campaign over Odessa,using smart bombs amd Missiles.
This is next phase after taking Donbass cauldron. And need more time.
Its too dangerous to stay on snake island but it is good to lure the enemy there and decimate them.
Who said it was a ‘Russian helicopter’? Stop parroting ukro-propaganda.
Yes, it was.
intelslava hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah Cope. Hard. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Say with me: BAYRAKTAR!!! hahahahahahahaha
Hahahahahaha say with me Ghost of Kiev . He is everywhere and he is nowhere hahahahahahaha The alpha and the Nomega hahahahahahahaha Look behind you!
How many Bayraktars distroyed yet? They are easy targets Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Yet again they finally realized something I said two months ago: Snake Island is a tiny rock that cannot be defended. Whoever place its troops there they will be constantly under attack by the other side without any chance to defend or hide (or even resupply). Let ukros have it, then bomb them every day.
nazis are getting killed wholesale in the east and they are pulling this stunt for public consumption. sure yanquis approved this stunt knowing ukraine can’t even lift its finger without yanquis permission. was hoping nazies attack moldova and transnistria so russia can use it as an opportunity to annihilate nato and go all the way to washington dc.
Correction. The Russian forces were obliterated from their positions.
If so, then show the corpses so as not to be a liar.
“Russian forces left positions” from snake island. Yes, but you forgot to say how …. they left IN PIECES.
Rather, the Ukrainians left IN PIECES after they failed to capture the island.
RUSSIA STILL WONT KILL NATO ADVISORS IN KIEV, WONT SHOOT NATO DRONES GIVING INTEL, WONT KILL ZELENSKY AND HIS TRANNY FAGGOT ENTOURAGE
They should have just mined the damn thing and left. They lost the moskva for this and are now retreating. No matter how this war ends one day a relative of a russian soldier who died cause of the master tactics of the chess player will murder putin for it.
Another thing is those people in ukraine who supposedly like russia get their cities destroyed either by russia to conquer them or by ukraine for betraying them.
While those ukrainians who hate russia are almost unharmed. Way to gether sympathie for russia ….
I suggest all countries who nato may think of beeing friends with russia should be very fast to find a way to ensure nato does ot attack them to hurt russia cause russias help may destroy more then save.
Obviously, this is a landing, not an evacuation. To the right of the helicopter, a fighter controls the perimeter, why would the Russians who leave cover the perimeter? but Ukrainians could not believe “on words” that there is no enemy. And in my opinion, at the very beginning of the video, we see another soldier descending from a helicopter and running up the ground. So what is happening in other sources is called a valiant landing, which was pathetically filmed by bayraktar.
The oldest trick in military history: pretend to withdraw in order to lure enemy into a trap. Ukrainians lost some of the last of their aircrafts and most probably 60-80 very well trained marines and all of it just to try to achieve some PR victory. Having island under control would not have change fact that Russia can prevent any arms delivery via Odessa’s port with air forces and ships around it.
hahahahahahahahaha and also zelensky hahahaha so many fantasies on those dense heads. Must be lovely to live in lalaland . Should I call the tooth fairy for you?
Dead right. This Snake Island had become a major propaganda item with the Ukronazis; they just issued a postage stamp, would you believe, showing a suppose Ukie defender of the island giving the finger to a Russian warship. Never happened outside their own desperate imaginations, but there you go. The latest stunt was obviously timed for the May 9 anniversary in Moscow. Blew up in their faces of course.
Tactical nuclear weapons are the answer….use them now Vlad !