Russia quits Snake Island

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Ukrainian forces have taken control of Snake Island in the Black Sea, which was occupied by Russia at the beginning of the war.

  • The quitting of the Russians from the island is a major setback, and possibly undermines their control over shipping routes that are vital to Moscow's strategic objectives.

  • Last week Ukraine said it had inflicted "significant damage" on Russia in air strikes on the island.

  • Ukraine had claimed the first successful use of Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

  • About Snake Island

  • It is also known as Zmiinyi Island, Snake or Serpent Island.

  • It has a small piece of rock less than 700 metres from, that has been described as being “X-shaped”.

  • It is located 35 km from the coast in the Black Sea.

  • The island is marked on the map as a small village and belongs to Ukraine.

  • The island is close to the coast of Romania, with which Ukraine has had a dispute and which was settled in 2009 by the International Court of Justice.

  • It drew a new maritime border between the two countries.

  • Parts of the Black Sea around Snake Island are believed to have significant oil and gas reserves.

  • On 24 February, Russia invaded Ukraine and attacked Snack Island with two modern warships.

  • About Black Sea

  • It is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • It is located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.

  • It is bound by Ukraine to the north and northwest, Russia and Georgia to the east, Turkey to the south, and Bulgaria and Romania to the west.

  • The Black Sea drains into the Mediterranean Sea via the Turkish Straits and the Aegean Sea. 

  • It has traditionally been Russia’s warm water gateway to Europe. 

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