​Operation in Secrecy: Ukraine Confirms Another Strike on Zmiinyi Island

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​Operation in Secrecy: Ukraine Confirms Another Strike on Zmiinyi Island

Ukrainian military ask for "media silence mode" as the operation is still proceeding

Ukrainian Armed Forces have confirmed having launched another strike on the Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.

Operational Command South said in a daily report that a "focused strike" resulted in massive casualties to the russian garrison on the occupied island.

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The operation still continues though, so it calls for a "media silence mode" until the very end.

Open-source intelligence community InformNapalm stated that locals of nearby settlements heard about 35 explosions on the island overnight on June 21.

The Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, southern Ukraine, is located about 140 km to the south of big port city Odesa
The Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, southern Ukraine, is located about 140 km to the south of big port city Odesa. / Illustrative photo credit: Location4film.com.ua

Notably, the message comes through just a few days after the news that the Ukrainian coastal defense destroyed russian ship "Vasily Bekh".

Spokesman of Odesa region administration Serhii Bratchuk confirmed the attack on Zmiinyi. A few days earlier he said russians are desperate to gain control of Ukraine’s south which manifests itself, especially in their tactics towards Zmiinyi.

"Russian occupiers use very banal tactics, as we can see in the example of Zmiinyi Island. They just recklessly push forward, ignoring the losses among people and equipment to complete the task," he said.

Russian tugboat
Russian tugboat "Vasily Bekh" was reported hit and then sunk on June 17 / Open source illustrative photo

As previously reported, Chief of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov stated back in May that Ukraine is ready to fight the island "as long as it takes" since it’s, first, Ukrainian territory, and secondly, a strategically important point for opening Ukrainian maritime trade routes.

As long as the occupiers control Zmiinyi, they will be able to continue blocking Ukrainian ports. On the other hand, when the enemy loses the island, the Kremlin will be forced to finally abandon any plans for a landing operation near Odesa or in the region.

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