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IRYNA BALACHUK – THURSDAY, 30 JUNE 2022, 13:04
The Russian occupiers fled from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island after Ukrainian forces launched multiple attacks on it, some of them with the Ukrainian Bohdana howitzers.
Source: Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on Facebook
Quote: "Being unable to resist our artillery and missile attacks and air strikes, the occupiers have abandoned Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.
I would like to express my gratitude to the defenders of the Odesa region who have done everything they could to liberate a strategically important part of our territory. We bow down before the engineers and manufacturers of the Ukrainian Bohdana self-propelled howitzer, which played an essential role in the liberation of the island".
Details: Zaluzhnyi has also thanked foreign partners for providing Ukraine with weapons.
On the morning of 30 June, the "Pivden" [South] Operational Command claimed that Russian forces had hurriedly evacuated the remaining members of the garrison from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island after multiple attacks by the Ukrainian forces.
· Later, the Russian authorities claimed that they had "completed all the tasks on Zmiinyi (Snake) Island" and evacuated the remaining personnel "as a gesture of goodwill".