Ukraine: Russian forces withdraw from Fidonisi

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The Russian military announced today its withdrawal from Snake Island, a strategic position on the Black Sea, which had been occupied by Moscow forces, in a major victory for Ukraine that is likely to ease Russia’s grain embargo.

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The Russian Defense Ministry described the decision as a “goodwill gesture” showing that Moscow does not oppose the United Nations’ efforts to open a humanitarian corridor that will allow grain shipments to leave Ukrainian ports.

Snake Island has been occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Subsequently, Russian forces came under constant bombardment by Ukrainian forces. Kyiv announced that it had forced the withdrawal of Russian forces after heavy bombardment and attack overnight.

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“On June 30, as a sign of goodwill, the Russian military fulfilled the targets set on Snake Island and withdrew its guard from there,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the move would facilitate grain exports from Ukraine.

“Russia does not oppose the UN’s efforts to establish a humanitarian corridor that will allow Ukraine to export grain,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

“This decision will no longer allow Kyiv to speculate on an impending food crisis, saying it is impossible to export grain because of Russia’s complete control over the northwestern Black Sea,” he added.

“KABOOM!”, Wrote on Twitter Andriy Germak, Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “There are no more Russian forces on Snake Island. The Armed Forces did a good job for us.”

Snake Island controls access to the port of Odessa, where Russian blockade is blocking grain exports.

The occupation of Snake Island by Russian forces has gone down in history from the radio response given by the Ukrainian guard of the island when it received the order to surrender: “To a Russian ship: go … go”.

The incident was recorded on the now well-known Ukrainian stamp. On the day of the stamp issue, Ukrainian forces sank the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.


Source: Capital

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