As Ukrainian forces completed another stage of the military operation, Russians rushed to evacuate the remaining garrison from Snake Island.
Odesa City Council made the relevant statement on Telegram, referring to the South Operational Command.
“Last night, as another stage of the military operation was successfully completed with our rocket and artillery units launching strikes on Snake Island,” the report says.
There is currently a fire on Snake Island, and explosions can be heard. The final outcome of the military operation has yet to be announced.
As part of the military operation on Snake Island, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed Russia’s radar system, several Pantsir-S1 air defence missile and gun systems, as well as other military equipment and Russian personnel.
Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, wrote on Twitter: “KABOOM! There are no longer any Russian troops on Snake Island. Our Armed Forces performed admirably.”
Snake Island was occupied by Russia on the first day of its invasion and gained international attention when Ukrainian border guards stationed there refused a Russian warship’s demand for surrender.
According to reports, the Ukrainian military heavily bombarded Snake Island overnight, forcing Russian military forces on the island to flee on five small boats, blowing up equipment as they went.