Olha Hlushchenko – Friday, 1 July 2022, 00:38
Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (RNBO), has said that the Ukrainian military personnel using heavy artillery had driven Russian forces away from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island. He also noted that the Russians had carried out robust radio reconnaissance from the island.
Source: Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (RNBO), on air of the "Great Lviv Speaks" project.
Quote: "Now, regarding Zmiinyi Island. The way the Russian Federation interprets the events – that they allegedly left as a gesture of good will – is not consistent with reality.
In fact, they were dislodged from there by our heavy artillery. Our Armed Forces using all means available inflicted the respective damage twice.
There was nowhere to hide, and they [Russian troops - ed.] had to flee.
This is a very strategically important point for us. After all, they [Russian troops - ed.] used this facility to monitor Odesa Oblast, the Bessarabia region, and issues in Transnistria. They had a very powerful position there, on our territory, from the radio reconnaissance perspective."
Details: Oleksii Danilov added that the territory of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island "is currently clean", and there are no invaders there.
Background: Following the successful liberation of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, Oleksii Danilov, mocked the Russians and asked the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff [of Ukraine] "what’s up in our [Ukrainian] Sevastopol?"
- On the morning of 30 June, Pivden [South] Operational Command announced that the Russian army was hastily evacuating the remnants of the garrison from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island after it was attacked by the Ukrainian military.
- The Russian authorities later claimed that they had "completed their mission on Zmiinyi Island" and were withdrawing the garrison stationed there "as a gesture of goodwill".
- Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Russian occupiers had fled from Zmiinyi Island after Ukrainian defenders launched multiple attacks on it, some of them using Ukrainian Bohdana howitzers.