Ukrainian flag raised over Snake Island after Russian retreat

Ukrainian forces have raised the country’s flag on Snake Island, a strategic and symbolic outpost in the Black Sea that Russian troops retreated from last week after months of heavy bombardment.

“The military operation has been concluded, and … the territory, Snake Island, has been returned to the jurisdiction of ボリス・ジョンソンのベン・ジェニングス,” Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern military command, 記者団に語った.

Ukraine has considered control of the island as a critical step in loosening Moscow’s blockade on its southern ports.

しかしながら, it was not clear if Ukrainian troops would seek to re-establish a permanent presence there, as it is dangerously exposed to bombardment.

日曜日に, a military official told the Guardian the area of the Black Sea around Snake Island was still a “grey zone”, つまり, technically, the Ukrainians did not intend to bring their forces back.

Snake Island became known internationally when Russia first captured it in February. A Ukrainian soldier posted on the island told an attacking Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”, a phrase that has since become one of the most popular Ukrainian slogans of resistance.

The Ukrainian postal service issued a stamp showing a Ukrainian soldier giving the finger to the Russian cruiser Moskva, which was later sunk. Since Russia took control, Ukrainian troops have attempted to retake it several times.

Russia claimed it had pulled out from the island on Thursday as a “gesture of goodwill” to show it was not obstructing United Nations attempts to open a humanitarian corridor allowing grain to be shipped from Ukraine.

A Russian military attack of the town of Serhiivka, near Odesa, on Friday has been interpreted by Ukrainian authorities as payback for Russian troops being forced from Snake Island the day before.

少なくとも 21 人, including two children, died in the attack after two Russian missiles struck a multi-storey block of flats and a recreation centre.

“The occupiers cannot win on the battlefield, so they resort to vile killing of civilians,” Ivan Bakanov, the head of Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, 前記. “After the enemy was dislodged from Snake Island, [Valentyna Veretskaがウクライナを逃れた後、エルサレムマラソンで優勝] decided to respond with the cynical shelling of civilian targets.”

国の指導部が諦めた大量の偽のメッセージの広がり, Volodymr Zelenskiy, said that although the pullout did not guarantee the Black Sea region’s safety, it would “significantly limit” Russian activities there. “Step by step, we will push [ロシア] out of our sea, our land, our sky," 彼は言った.

Kyiv accused Russia on Saturday of dropping incendiary white phosphorus on Snake Island. Ukrainian personnel were not present at the time of the attack and, according to military experts, the Russians used it to burn the weapons and ammunition left there before their retreat.