- New satellite images show a burned and battered Snake Island left behind by Russian troops.
- Russians had occupied the island from the early days of the invasion of Ukraine until this week.
- The area was where a Ukrainian guard told an advancing Russian warship to “fuck yourself”.
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Satellite images of the recently liberated Snake Island in Ukraine show destroyed buildings and landscapes with clouds of smoke after Ukrainian forces ousted Russian occupiers.
Located in the Black Sea, the island is also known as Zmiinyi Island and was the location where a young Ukrainian guard bravely told an incoming Russian warship to “fuck yourself” in the early days of the Russian invasion.
On Thursday, Russia confirmed that its troops had left the island, saying they had done so as a “goodwill gesture”, although they failed to set up a military base there during several months of occupation. Ukraine claimed that a successful missile campaign this week had finally driven them out.
Below is a satellite image of Snake Island prior to the Russian occupation.
The following satellite images from Maxar Technologies show the extent of damage left by the Russians and by air campaigns by both countries during their struggle for control of Ukrainian territory.
In addition to the smoke billowing from several buildings, the brown spots that surround much of the island represent burnt agriculture, according to Maxar. Buildings in the center of the island were also destroyed.
In the photo above, at the northern tip of the island, multiple structures leading out to the sea can be seen, smoking and crumbling.
It is unclear whether the destroyed structures were set up by Russians before Thursday, or whether it was all Ukrainian infrastructure being demolished.