Judging by the recent developments in the southern Odessa region, the Ukrainian military command is regrouping forces preparing for another attack on Zmeiny Island (also known as Snake Island).
The Ukrainian S-300 air defense system has been recently transferred from the Artsiz area to the Zhelty Yar located on the Black Sea coast to the north of Snake Island.
5 military helicopters flew from the Chervonoglynsky airfield in the Artsiz area to the Buyalyk area north of Odessa and Fedorovka in the Kirovograd region.
4 guard boats of the Ukrainian Navy were deployed on constant patrol at the port of Odessa. 2 more Ukrainian boats are operating to the east of the village of Zatoka.
At least 2 Su-24 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force deployed in the Voznesensk airfield are patrolling the airspace in the north-western part of the Black Sea.
The Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAVs are also patrolling the area near the island. The reconnaissance flights are carried out from the Shkolny airfield near Odessa at least twice a day. The Russian Air defence systems continue to intercept the UAVs on a regular basis.
Only on May 13, two Ukrainian UAVs, including one Bayraktar TB2, were intercepted over the island. Moreover, three Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles were intercepted, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.
At the same time, Ukrainian forces are closely cooperating with the US intelligence, receiving information from the US UAVs deployed in the Black Sea area.
Judging by the maneuvers of the Ukrainian military, another attempt to counter attack Russian forces on Snake Island should be expected.
Earlier, another attempt of the Ukrainian special forces to take control over Snake island on May 9 failed, as well as previous attacks. In turn, the Russian Navy is likely to reduce the number of ships of the Black Sea Fleet in the area in advance.
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