Russian military has withdrawn from the contentious Snake Island

Russia makes ‘goodwill gesture’ to alleviate food crisis

The Russian military has withdrawn from a Black Sea island it captured, claiming it was for the sake of grain freight traffic

Russia makes 'goodwill gesture' to alleviate food crisis

Russian troops were withdrawn from Ukraine’s Snake Island on Thursday, the defense ministry announced during a daily briefing. The move was described as a goodwill gesture meant to alleviate concerns over Moscow allegedly blocking attempts to haul grain out of Ukraine.

“This demonstrated to the international community that the Russian Federation does not hinder the UN effort to organize a humanitarian corridor to ship agricultural products from the Ukrainian territory,” Col. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the ministry, said.

Konashenkov assessed that with no Russian presence on the island, Kiev would find it more difficult to accuse Russia of exacerbating the global food crisis by citing the Russian Navy’s control of the northwestern part of the Black Sea as a roadblock to the movement of grain.

“The ball is now in the court of the Ukrainian side, which would not remove mines from its Black Sea coast, including the areas near ports,” the Russian official said.

Western nations and Ukraine have been accusing Russia of blocking seaborne exports from Kiev-controlled ports like Odessa, claiming that it was a major factor of the global hike in food prices.

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Moscow has denied the allegations, saying that its Navy offered safe passage to civilian ships. It’s Ukraine, Russia insists, which has prevented foreign ships from arriving and leaving its ports. Ukraine’s use of old sea mines, which are prone to coming untethered during storms, created a major problem for traffic, Moscow argued.

Russia captured Snake Island, which is located 35 kilometers off the Ukrainian shore near its border with Romania, in the early days of its attack on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky initially claimed that border guards defending the territory had all been killed after defying overwhelming Russian forces. It later turned out they’d actually surrendered.

Kiev reportedly launched at least two major attempts to retake the island from Russia. Russian troops reported inflicting serious damage on their opponents in both cases. Moscow rebuked the Ukrainian operations as senseless attempts by the Ukrainian government to score publicity points.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.


3 Responses to “Russian military has withdrawn from the contentious Snake Island”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Analysis on Snake Island Fighting (before Russian pull out)

    If we assess the nature of the shelling in recent days, it can be noted that the AFU are acting according to proven tactics against the Russian garrison on the island.

    ▪ At night, at least one Bayraktar drone starts operating out of the reach of air defense systems. He tracks what is happening on the island and marks targets, primarily anti-aircraft missile systems.

    After that, the barrel artillery and MLRS begin to methodically strike. For the most part, this is undirected fire. But the task of the first strikes is not to hit objects, but to force air defense units to spend ammunition on flying projectiles.

    The next stage, which begins closer to morning, already includes targeted strikes in the hope of fatigue of Russian servicemen on the island due to constant tension at night. And it can last up to several hours. And Bayraktar visually observes this all the time, noticing the nature of the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and looking for weaknesses in defense.

    At the same time, the activity of using artillery systems and MLRS in this direction has changed for everyone. If a couple of days ago the shelling was carried out with low frequency (residents of the Odessa region talked about breaks of 30 minutes), now the fire is more intense with smaller intervals (up to 5 minutes).

    The initial 30-minute gap could be attributed to an outdated version of the American M777 howitzers, which takes quite a long time to recharge. Now there is an opinion, including in the Ukrainian information field, about the use of newer weapons systems, including the British M270 MLRS or the French CAESAR self-propelled guns.

    Anyway, the shelling will continue, and they will increase incrementally. The goal of the Ukrainian forces is to deprive the garrison of air defense and ammunition, and only after that to carry out the landing. And in order to prevent the replenishment of warehouses on the island, another strikes on gas production platforms at the Odessa field are possible.


  2. Tapestry says:

    They’ve withdrawn the humans. Once the Odesa coastline is secured…..