A satellite image of Serpents' Island taken on June 17.
The Russian military announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn from the ;Serpents' Island, a strategic position in the Black Sea conquered by Moscow and which has been under Ukrainian bombardment in recent weeks.
On June 30, as a sign of goodwill, the Russian armed forces accomplished the objectives set on Serpents' Island and withdrew their garrison there, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. , assuring that this gesture should facilitate grain exports from Ukraine.
Russia does not oppose the efforts of the UN to create a humanitarian corridor for exporting grain production from Ukraine, he continued.
This decision will no longer allow kyiv to speculate on an impending food crisis by saying that it is impossible to export grain because of Russia's total control over the northwest Black Sea. , added Igor Konashenkov.
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The Ukrainian army congratulated itself on forcing the Russians, unable to resist the fire of our artillery, to withdraw from the x27;Snake Island, strategic territory in the Black Sea.
I thank the defenders of the Odessa region who have done their utmost to liberate a strategically important territory, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valeriy Zaluzhniy, said on Telegram.
Unable to withstand the fire of our artillery, our missiles and our air strikes, the occupiers left Serpents' Island, he rejoiced, accompanying his message of x27;a video showing strikes on the island.
Our armed forces have done a great job, Andriï Yermak, the head of the administration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Twitter.
Russian forces have withdrawn from Serpents' Island, off the coast of Ukraine, 127 days after the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This strategic shift could help ease Moscow's blockade of Black Sea ports. The report by Lise Villeneuve.
According to the southern command of the Ukrainian army, the [Russian] enemy fled in two speedboats, leaving the #x27;island on fire, where explosions are still heard.
Small Snake Island, located in the northwest of the Black Sea facing the mouth of of the Danube, became emblematic from the first day of the Russian offensive when a member of the small Ukrainian garrison defending it ordered the Russian ship demanding its surrender to go fuck itself.
The Russian military had finally taken control of it.
The island was then regularly targeted by Ukrainian drone and missile strikes .
Russia assured on June 21 that it had repelled an attempt by Kiev forces to retake Serpents' Island.