Ukraine reports destruction of Russian boats

Two Russian Navy ships were reportedly sunk near Snake Island. The Black Sea island has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.

Ukraine says it sank two Russian patrol boats near Snake Island in the Black Sea. The army destroyed the two “Raptor” boats with drones on Monday morning, the Defense Ministry in kyiv said. An explosion was seen on a small military boat in an aerial photo released by the ministry. (see also pictures here in the video.) The recordings could not be independently verified.

Turkish “Bayraktar” drones “work”, said the commander of the Ukrainian armed forces, Valeriy Zalushnyi. The Russian side did not initially confirm the incident. Raptor-type patrol boats can travel at speeds of almost 90 kilometers per hour. In addition to their crew of three, they can carry up to 20 soldiers.

Video footage released by the Ukrainian Armed Forces reportedly shows a Russian patrol boat being fired upon. (Source: cover images/imago images)

According to their own statements, the Ukrainian armed forces had previously attacked the air defenses of the occupied island twice with rockets. The island, about 35 kilometers off the coast of Ukraine, was conquered by the Russian Navy immediately after the war started in late February.

resistance symbol

Snake Island has become an important symbol of Ukraine’s resistance to invading Russian forces. She became famous after the crew of the Russian flagship “Moskva” ordered Ukrainian border guards stationed on the island to surrender at the start of the war.

“Fuck you, Russian warship!” A border guard responded in foul language over the radio. Shortly after, the island is bombarded and the Ukrainian soldiers are taken prisoner. They have since been released in a prisoner exchange.

Special stamps: A Ukrainian border guard's response to a radio message from the Russian Navy has become a popular slogan in Ukraine.  (Source: imago images/NurPhoto)Special stamps: A Ukrainian border guard’s response to a radio message from the Russian Navy has become a popular slogan in Ukraine. (Source: NurPhoto/imago images)

The border guard slogan has become popular in Ukraine and can now be found t shirts, Demonstration posters and even on a Ukrainian commemorative stamp.

The “Moskva” was then sunk in mid-April, presumably with Ukrainian anti-ship missiles of the “Neptun” type. The missile cruiser was also responsible for air defense in the Black Sea between the mouth of the Danube and the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

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