Ukraine says a drone destroyed a Russian landing ship near Snake Island

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On Saturday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed it had sunk a plane Russian Serna-class landing boat off the now famous Snake Island which served as resistance symbol since the beginning of the war.

An undated video posted on social media shows an air strike that hit a landing ship with soldiers on board.

A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, told Ukrainian news outlets Pravda that Zmenyi Island – also known as Snake Island – has become “a symbol of our resilience and ability to smash the enemy’s most urgent efforts”.

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The island first gained international attention after footage emerged in the early days of the war of a Russian ship giving a warning to a small group of Ukrainian soldiers, telling them to lay down their weapons or face a missile attack.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry has released an undated video saying it has destroyed a Russian landing ship near Snake Island.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has released an undated video saying it has destroyed a Russian landing ship near Snake Island.
(Ukrainian Ministry of Defense)

A Ukrainian guard responded over the radio and said: “Russian warship, go yourself.”

It was originally believed that all thirteen Ukrainian soldiers were killed after contact with the soldiers was lost.

It was later revealed that they had been taken as prisoners of war.

Captured Ukrainian soldiers from the island of Zmenyi, or "snake" Island, to Sevastopol in Crimea on February 26, 2022.

The captured Ukrainian soldiers from the island of Zmenyi or “Snake” island were brought to Sevastopol in the Crimea on February 26, 2022.
(Russian Ministry of Defense TASS via Getty Images)

Russia’s war in Ukraine has lasted for more than two and a half months, and Moscow’s aggressive determination to take control of eastern Ukraine has escalated in recent weeks in the run-up to “Victory Day” on May 9.

The annual Russian holiday marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the day’s festivities to try to claim a military victory in Ukraine.

Russian forces will hold a parade in the southern port city of Mariupol on Monday. It is expected that Ukrainian prisoners of war and captured civilians will be forced to appear on the show.


Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Saturday make fun of them Russia’s plans said, “The traditional parade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on May 9 this year will be held near Snake Island – at the bottom of the sea.”

The Defense Ministry did not release additional details about the strike on the Russian landing ship.