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IRYNA BALACHUK — THURSDAY, 30 JUNE 2022, 16:07
Following the successful liberation of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, Oleksii Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, has mocked the Russians and asked the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff [of Ukraine] where Ukrainian Sevastopol is.
Details: Danilov posted a photo on Facebook of himself standing next to some binoculars on Snake Island in 2021.
Quote from Danilov: "Where is our Sevastopol?!"
Details: Danilov tagged the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Border Guard Service in his post.
On the morning of 30 June, Pivden [South] Operational Command announced that the Russian army was hastily evacuating the remnants of the garrison from Zmiinyi Island after it was attacked by the Ukrainian military.
The Russian authorities later claimed that they had "completed their mission on Zmiinyi Island" and were withdrawing the garrison stationed there "as a goodwill gesture".
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Russian occupiers had fled from Zmiinyi Island after Ukrainian defenders launched multiple attacks on it, some of them using Ukrainian Bohdana howitzers.