Ukraine is Ready to Fight For Zmiinyi Island – Chief of Intelligence

Illustrative photo credit: Location4film.com.ua
Illustrative photo credit: Location4film.com.ua

Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine stated that Ukraine will fight for the Zmiinyi Island as long as it takes

Zmiinyi Island, also known as the Snake Island, is an object of strategic importance for both Ukraine and the Russian occupiers, said Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine’s defense ministry. As he explained on the air of the Ukrainian TV marathon, the island of roughly 670 m at its longest allows to control the situation on the surface and to some extent the air in southern Ukraine.

This island, situated about 140 km to the south of Odesa is also strategically important in terms of russia's ability to carry out a tactical naval landing.

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Theoretically, it is the only region through which the russian occupiers can try to land on the territory of Transnistria – the occupied region of Moldova, according to Kyrylo Budanov.

Defense Express / Major General Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine / Ukraine is Ready to Fight For Zmiinyi Island – Chief of Intelligence
Major General Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine / Photo credit: Ukrainian MoD

"The one who controls the island can at any time block the movement of civilian vessels in all directions to the south of Ukraine… Zmiinyi Island is the territory of Ukraine, and we will de-occupy it and fight for it as long as it takes.

This is a strategically important point for opening maritime trade routes, importing weapons and denying any possible Russian military action on the territory of the "PMR" [the so-called "Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic"], from where they can attack the western part of Ukraine," said the Chief of the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence.

As Defense Express reported, the linear actions of russian political and military command resulted in successful and systematic shelling of the occupation forces on the Zmiinyi Island. It is situated in a relatively remote place from the main invading forces of the russian federation, so Ukrainian defenders use their momentum to launch strikes.

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Smoke rising over Snake Island, Ukraine on May 8, 2022. / Caption: South China Morning Post / Photo credit: Planet Labs PBC

British Intelligence in one of the latest updates assessed that the russian garrison on the island is completely exposed to Ukrainian attacks. Thus, Ukraine successfully struck russian air defences and resupply vessels with Bayraktar TB2 drones. Russia’s resupply vessels have minimum protection in the western Black Sea, too.

Defense Express / Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV precisely struck russian Mi-8 helicopter over Zmiinyi Island / Ukraine is Ready to Fight For Zmiinyi Island – Chief of Intelligence
Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV precisely struck russian Mi-8 helicopter over Zmiinyi Island / Screenshot video from the Operational Command "South"

Nevertheless, a possibility remains that if russia manages to consolidate its position on Zmiinyi Island with strategic air defense and coastal defense cruise missiles, the invaders could dominate the north-western Black Sea.

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