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KYIV, June 30 (Reuters) - Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine's Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea, Russia's defence ministry and Ukraine's president's office said on Thursday.

"KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job," Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office, wrote on Twitter. read more

Russia's defence ministry confirmed Russian troops had withdrawn from Snake Island, calling it a "goodwill gesture" and saying the troops had fulfilled the tasks assigned to them.


The Russian ministry added the move showed Russia was not impeding U.N. efforts to organise a humanitarian corridor to export agricultural products out of Ukraine.

Snake Island, which Russia occupied on the first day of its invasion, achieved fame when Ukrainian border guards stationed there rejected a Russian warship's demand for their surrender. read more

Ukraine's southern military command wrote on Facebook that following a successful operation involving missile and artillery units, Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island in two boats.


Reuters was not immediately able to verify the Ukrainian and Russian accounts.

 

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A more formal way of saying they can't hold the island anymore.... (A "gesture of goodwill" just like in Kyiv,Chernihiv,Sumy...)

Lol? Russians are saying (coping perhaps) they did it to show the world they werent blocking grain exports.

Tbh i never understood why the island meant so much. It wasnt really heavily defended, and just led to losses for both sides.

Well it is what it is i guess. This war is gonna stalemate
 

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The Greek General Floros, two years ago had said the following: when an island is occupied by enemy forces, it is not recaptured, but burned together with the enemy forces.

Ukrainians understood what they had to do from the first day their island fell to the Russian invaders. Of course, 4 months ago, they may not have had the necessary military equipment to do so, but now they do.
 

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Good will gesture? Huh?
They say so because they copy their best friends from China: they fear losing face. Losing face is the worst thing on earth in Asia. Russians become Asians. Welcome to the club.
 

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KYIV, June 30 (Reuters) - Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine's Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea, Russia's defence ministry and Ukraine's president's office said on Thursday.

"KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job," Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office, wrote on Twitter. read more

Russia's defence ministry confirmed Russian troops had withdrawn from Snake Island, calling it a "goodwill gesture" and saying the troops had fulfilled the tasks assigned to them.


The Russian ministry added the move showed Russia was not impeding U.N. efforts to organise a humanitarian corridor to export agricultural products out of Ukraine.

Snake Island, which Russia occupied on the first day of its invasion, achieved fame when Ukrainian border guards stationed there rejected a Russian warship's demand for their surrender. read more

Ukraine's southern military command wrote on Facebook that following a successful operation involving missile and artillery units, Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island in two boats.


Reuters was not immediately able to verify the Ukrainian and Russian accounts.


Is @Vergennes challenging @Foxtrot Alpha ?


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Lol? Russians are saying (coping perhaps) they did it to show the world they werent blocking grain exports.

Tbh i never understood why the island meant so much. It wasnt really heavily defended, and just led to losses for both sides.

Well it is what it is i guess. This war is gonna stalemate
From what I can understand reading Russian war plan.

Russia originally wanted Snake Island to support the assault in Odessa, they were planning to build an airfield on the island, but it was constantly bombarded since they captured the island, making it impossible to do any work on it.

They did try to put SAM system to interdict Ukrainian naval and airspace, but those were bombed too, and with HIMARS start arriving, it will put the island in MLRS range, making it almost impossible to defend.

Withdraw from Snake Island would mean the assault of Odessa almost certainly gone.
 
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