Ukraine deals ‘significant’ blow to Putin’s Black Sea forces after pounding Snake Island garrison

Ukraine deals ‘significant’ blow to Putin’s Black Sea forces after pounding Snake Island garrison – as British intelligence outlines Russia’s ‘extraordinary’ losses during invasion

  • Ukraine had caused major losses to Kremlin forces on strategic Snake Island after pounding Russian garrison
  • An anti-aircraft system, radar station and vehicles were all damaged in the attacks on the strategic island 
  • The 100-acre outpost has proved to be a valuable strategic position, sitting some 80 miles off Ukraine’s coast 

Ukraine has claimed a ‘significant’ victory against Putin‘s Black Sea forces after pounding the Russian garrison on the strategic Snake Island.

The southern operational command said it had ‘aimed strikes with the use of various forces’ on the island, causing major losses to Kremlin troops.

Satellite images show the damage wrought by Kyiv forces, with burning vegetation and a tower destroyed in the fight for the island.

The Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system, a radar station and vehicles were all damaged in the attacks on the island which has been a major battleground throughout the war.

It is just the latest blow for Putin who has suffered ‘extraordinary’ losses with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk losing 55 per cent of its troops, British intelligence said today.

The Ministry of Defence said Russia’s outdated weapons and equipment have hampered their success, and the Kremlin will now have to deploy reserve units to the Donbas to make up for the losses.

The 100-acre Snake Island outpost has proved to be a valuable strategic position for both sides, sitting some 80 miles off Ukraine’s southern coastline in the Black Sea.

Russia seized the island early in the war and has largely managed to maintain control of it, but its forces there have been subject to bombing raids ever since.

Snake Island is seen in an aerial photo on June 17 before Ukraine carried out a series of strikes on the strategic outpost

By June 20, Ukraine had caused serious damage, with satellite imagery showing devastated regions

The southern operational command said it had 'aimed strikes with the use of various forces' on the island, pictured on June 17

The Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system, a radar station and vehicles were all damaged in the attacks (pictured on June 20)

The latest strikes come days after a Russian navy tugboat transporting crew and armaments to Snake Island was destroyed in the Black Sea just with two Harpoon missiles.

It was the first time Kyiv claimed to hit a Russian vessel with the Western-supplied anti-ship rockets.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces Strategic Communications Directorate showed the anti-ship missile striking the tug Vasily Bekh at 4am as it delivered soldiers, weapons, and ammunition to hotly-contested island.