KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO — SATURDAY, 9 JULY 2022, 21:45
Navigation via the Danube-Black Sea Canal has been resumed following the liberation of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island in Odesa Oblast from the occupiers by the Ukrainian military.
Quote: "Given the liberation of Zmiinyi Island from Russian troops and the build-up of a large number of ships waiting to proceed through the Sulina Canal [in Romania], it is possible to use the channel of the Bystre estuary of the Danube-Black Sea waterway for the entry/exit of ships transporting agricultural produce."
On 24 February 2022, two ships approached Zmiinyi Island, and the Russians demanded the surrender of servicemen of the Izmail border detachment. The border guards replied, "Russian warship, go f**k yourself!" However, the Russian troops captured the island.
On 7 July, the Ukrainian military returned the Ukrainian flag to Zmiinyi Island, which had been under the control of Russian troops for several months.
Special Operations Forces revealed details of the landing on the island.