Ukrainian officers submit footage of troopers elevating flag on strategic island; Russia later says it fired missiles and ‘destroyed’ navy personnel.
Ukrainian troops have landed on Snake Island the place they raised Ukraine’s flag, based on officers, one week after Russian forces withdrew from the strategic islet within the Black Sea.
Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian president’s chief of employees, posted a video on Telegram on Thursday of three troopers elevating a big flag. The spokesperson for the navy administration within the southern Odesa area, Serhiy Bratchuk, additionally revealed a number of pictures on Telegram.
Later, Russia’s defence ministry mentioned a Russian fighter jet had hit and killed an unspecified variety of Ukrainian troops.
“At about 5am, a number of Ukrainian servicemen landed on the island from a motor boat and took footage with the flag. An plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces instantly launched a strike with high-precision missiles on Snake Island, because of which a part of the Ukrainian navy personnel was destroyed,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned.
The main points of the account couldn’t be independently verified.
Snake Island, or Zmiinyi, achieved worldwide fame when Ukrainian border guards stood their floor and impolitely refused a Russian warship’s ultimatum to give up after Russia’s invasion on February 24.
The flag hoisted on Thursday was signed by Odesa’s navy governor Maxim Marchenko and bore the inscription: “Keep in mind, ‘Russian warship,’ the island belongs to Ukraine!!!”
Captured by Russia from Ukraine initially of the warfare in February, the tiny island is strategically vital due to its proximity to sea lanes near Ukraine’s primary Black Sea port of Odesa, the place a Russian blockade has prevented grain exports from one of many world’s primary suppliers.
Russia mentioned it had pulled out from Snake Island final week as a “gesture of goodwill” to indicate it was not obstructing United Nations makes an attempt to open a humanitarian hall permitting grain to be shipped from Ukraine.
Ukraine mentioned it had pushed the Russian forces out after an artillery and missile assault.