Several weeks ago, it was reported that part of Russia’s new strategy to cripple Ukraine was to block its ports.
Doing so would prevent key exports from leaving Ukraine, crushing Ukraine’s economy as well as putting pressure on NATO countries that relied on exports such as wheat.
The key to that strategy was holding the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island.
If reports out of Ukraine are accurate, Russia has abandoned the island, which should reopen the sea lanes for Ukraine again.
Snake Island gained worldwide fame for a group of Ukraine soldiers telling a Russian warship to “go fu** yourself.”
The warship unleashed a barrage on the island, and it was initially believed all of the Ukraine troops were killed.
It was later reported that they had lived through the assault, but they had been captured.
The script has now flipped with Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, tweeting, “KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job.”
Russia has since confirmed its troops left, claiming this was a “goodwill gesture” on the part of Russians.
Reports out of Ukraine, however, stated that the island had been hit with barrage after barrage of missiles and artillery from Ukraine.
Regardless of the reason, this is a massive win for Ukraine and its efforts to reopen its shipping lanes as well as provide safe leave for its citizens who want to leave during the war.
Source: New York Post