Invading Russian troops were forced to flee the strategic Black Sea outpost of Snake Island on speedboats Thursday, in a major victory for Ukraine.

Snake Island, which Russia seized on the first day of its invasion, made international headlines after Ukrainian border guards stationed there told an invading Russian warship to “go f–k yourself.”

“KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job,” Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, tweeted.

Smoke billows from Snake Island Thursday
Smoke billowed from Snake Island Thursday after Ukrainian troops said it had forced Russian soldiers to flee.
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Ukraine’s southern military command insisted that Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island — also known as Zmiinyi Island — in two speed boats following a sustained Ukrainian operation involving missile and artillery units.

Russia’s defense ministry also confirmed that Russian troops had withdrawn from the Black Sea outpost — but claimed it was a “goodwill gesture” because troops had fulfilled their assigned tasks.

Snake Island
Snake Island — a strategic outpost in the Black Sea — has been occupied by Russian troops since the early hours of the invasion.
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Ukrainian forces fire missiles at Russian ship on Snake Island in May
Ukrainian forces fire missiles at a Russian ship located on Snake Island in May as part of a string of sustained attacks to reclaim the post from Russia.
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The Russian ministry added that the move showed Russia wasn’t impeding United Nation efforts to organize a humanitarian corridor to export grain and agriculture out of Ukraine.

Neither country’s account of what happened could immediately be verified.

It comes after Ukraine’s southern military command revealed last week it had dealt a “significant” blow to Russian troops by destroying the Kremlin’s air defenses and radar systems on the island.

But Russian authorities dismissed those claims, insisting that its air defenses on the island had repelled Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian search-and-rescue servicemen Andrey Afanasenko and Sergiy Dubin
Ukrainian search-and-rescue servicemen, Andrey Afanasenko and Sergiy Dubin, were among those captured — and later released — by Russian troops when they invaded Snake Island.
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Snake Island —  a strategic outpost on just 40 acres of rock — gained notoriety in the opening hours of the war on Feb. 24 when an audio clip emerged of the exchange between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

“This is a Russian warship,” an unidentified voice could be heard saying. “I propose you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary victims. Otherwise you will be bombed.”

“Russian warship, go f–k yourself,” the Ukrainians replied — quickly becoming a battle cry for Ukrainian troops.

With Post wires



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