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Humiliation for Putin as Russia ABANDONS Snake Island days after Ukraine bombarded the outpost

Russia has announced it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major missile strike on the outpost.

The 100 hectare plot of land is in a favorable strategic position, about 80 miles off the southern coastline of Ukraine in the Black Sea.

Russia captured the island early in the war and had largely succeeded in retaining control of the island despite periodic attacks by Ukrainian forces.

But Ukraine launched a major offensive last week, destroying a series of Russian supply stations and anti-aircraft systems with a brutal barrage of missiles.

The withdrawal represents a major loss for Putin’s troops.

The head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, released a cheering message this morning upon learning of the news.

‘KABOOM! No more Russian troops on Snake Island. Our armed forces have done an amazing job,” Yermak wrote on Twitter.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that its troops had withdrawn from the strategic outpost, but depicted the retreat as a “goodwill gesture” and proof that Russia is not interfering in the export of vital grain from Ukraine amid a escalating global food crisis.

As a gesture of goodwill, the Russian soldiers completed their duties on… [Snake] Island and withdrew the garrison stationed there,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced.

“It has been shown to the world community that Russia is not interfering in the UN’s efforts to organize a humanitarian corridor to export agricultural products from Ukraine.

“Our decision does not allow Kiev to speculate about the looming food crisis related to their inability to export grain due to Russian control of the northwestern Black Sea.”

Russia has announced it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major missile strike on the outpost, pictured smoldering amid Ukrainian missile strikes on Russian positions

Russia has announced it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major missile strike on the outpost, pictured smoldering amid Ukrainian missile strikes on Russian positions

Aerial photos of Snake Island show the aftermath of a Ukrainian attack on a Russian Pantsir-S1 missile defense system

Aerial photos of Snake Island show the aftermath of a Ukrainian attack on a Russian Pantsir-S1 missile defense system

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Russia has announced it is leaving Snake Island just days after Ukraine launched a major missile strike on the outpost (pictured here before the war)

The 100-acre tract of land is strategically located some 80 miles off Ukraine's southern Black Sea coastline.  Russia captured the island early in the war and had largely succeeded in retaining control of the island despite periodic attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces

The 100-acre tract of land is strategically located some 80 miles off Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coastline. Russia captured the island early in the war and had largely succeeded in retaining control of the island despite periodic attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces

Ukraine last week crushed the Russian garrison stationed on Snake Island — the second attack in as many weeks — causing significant damage to Putin’s defenses.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft defense system, a radar station and several military vehicles in a series of attacks on the island on June 20 and in the early hours of June 21.

The attack came less than a week after Ukraine’s southern operational command directed attacks on the island, with satellite images showing the heavy losses to Kremlin troops.

“Another attack by the Ukrainian army on Russian troops on Snake Island,” the Ukrainian defense ministry said.

‘The occupiers lost an anti-aircraft system Pantsir. The cleaning of our country will continue for as long as necessary.’

Ukraine again shelled the Russian garrison on strategic Snake Island on June 20-21, just days after he dealt a

Ukraine again shelled the Russian garrison on strategic Snake Island on June 20-21, just days after he dealt a “significant” blow to Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea forces with an attack on the crucial outpost.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft defense system during the attack

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft defense system during the attack

Snake Island can be seen in an aerial photo on June 17 before Ukraine launched a series of attacks on the strategic outpost

Snake Island can be seen in an aerial photo on June 17 before Ukraine launched a series of attacks on the strategic outpost

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

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

According to unofficial claims, Kiev troops have used US-supplied HIMARS missiles, although this has not been confirmed.

Ukrainian mmilitary spokeswoman Natalia Humeniuk said: ‘We will continue [military] operation on Snake Island.

“Over 10 accurate strikes were carried out on the island last night.

“We’re checking the results now, but we’ve already learned that another Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile gun was hit.”

In February, Ukraine’s Roman Hrybov border guard on Snake Island broadcast the famous “Russian warship, go f*** yourself” radio station to Russian officers aboard the Moskva ship.

Hrybov and his crew were presumed dead after the Moskva bombarded the island with artillery fire, but miraculously survived and received awards when they were returned to Ukrainian soil in captivity several weeks ago.

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