Russia withdraws from Ukraine`s Snake Island in Black Sea

Baku, June 30, AZERTAC

Russia’s defense ministry says its forces have withdrawn from Ukraine’s Snake Island – an announcement hailed by the Ukrainian army as a victory, according to Aljazeera.

Snake Island is a tiny but strategically located Ukrainian islet in the Black Sea that was taken by Russia in the opening stages of its war against Ukraine.

“On June 30, as a gesture of goodwill, the Russian armed forces completed their tasks on Snake Island and withdrew a garrison stationed there,” the ministry said, in an announcement that came after Ukraine stepped up its attacks on the outpost.

The ministry’s statement added that the withdrawal was aimed at demonstrating the world that “Russia is not impeding UN efforts to organize a humanitarian corridor to ship agricultural products from Ukraine”.

Ukraine and Western countries have accused Russia of blockading Ukrainian ports to prevent the exports of grain, contributing to a food crisis that threatens to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability worldwide.

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