Since 14th April 2022, Snake Island became a centre of gravity in the War for Ukraine. The loss of the Moskva caused two things to happen in that theatre…

Radical changes in the way the Black Sea Fleet trained for war, with obvious intense work-up phases around Crimea, and a renewed focus on using SI as a land replacement for the cruiser. 


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Sat in his HQ in Sevastopol, Admiral Osipov had a few obvious problems in the weeks after Moskva went down. The Ukrainians clearly had the capability to kill warships at sea. Using TB2 drones and fixed-wing, they harassed the small Russian garrison on Snake Island mercilessly.

Any convoys to reinforce would have to dog leg to keep out of range of surface-to-surface missile batteries, and with only a small concrete pier and relatively narrow ramp, disembarking vehicles was going to be problematic. Any ships he sent would inevitably be seen by the various NATO assets airborne in theatre, and so the Ukrainians would know. Drifting mines, and the ever-present threat of a couple of Ukrainian fighter jocks with their hair on fire, streaking in to kill anything flying the Russian flag. 

So, why bother? 

I was asked weeks ago whether this rocky outcrop was worth the effort, and indeed was laughed at when I suggested not only could the Russians learn quickly and get this done, but it was essential for their long-term plans. I suggested that SI:- 

Could be used as a base for a long-range air search radar, giving the Russians the ability to form a comprehensive air picture over southern coastal Ukraine and indeed East Romania, including Constanta. 

Would first of all receive local air defence capability to secure itself against further air attack. Then some form of command and control vehicle in readiness to conduct tactical data link operations with a variety of assets including AWACS, surface warships and the local AAW assets in situ. 

Would receive equipment in shuttle runs at a fairly low rate to start, using expendable platforms as a test of the viability of the resupply routes. Once the operational plan looked good, the more valuable assault ships would be used. 

Would eventually receive some form of artillery, probably MRLS, in order to give some form of counter-battery capability and the option of conducting shoots against targets in Ukraine, alongside ESM/ECM platforms for monitoring coastal traffic along the Ukrainian coast and denuding/degrading NATO SIGINT assets in the area. 

And I’m afraid it’s pretty much panned out that way. Ivan now has a fully functional air defence station 90km from Odessa. We see indications of nine TOR and two Pantsir anti-air weapons systems and two search radars. One Ranzhir mobile command centre. There are trenches, revetments, fuel and ammunition dumps. We know Russia has been putting up CAP stations further West from Crimea. Warships are appearing regularly in the holding box south of the island. We would be foolish, given this obvious success for the Black Sea Fleet, for us to think at least Link 11 Tactical Data System-level connectivity hasn’t been established, with an AWACS on station continuously in theatre.

Resupply convoys continue.

I suspect we will see more artillery and S300 or S400 systems soon. They are running out of space but with the right weapon systems the Russians are about to adversely affect Ukrainian Air Force ops in southern Ukraine, especially around Odessa. 

Finally, and you may laugh, but I have a sneaking suspicion there is one more possibility still to come into play here. It would be frankly bonkers ,and very dangerous, but they have the strategic lift capability and rotary wing assets available in Crimea to support it. They have the surface ships to give Naval gunfire support, including two KrivakSo if they can manage to scrape together some infantry and AFV’s… 

Look to the beaches and estuaries West of Odessa. The Russians have a fire base now, Well defended. They have options and to a degree, the initiative. Would they be that mad? Well they invaded, didn’t they? 

It started with a civilian ship taken up from trade and with Pantsir and TOR lashed down on deck. People laughed. 

Then a crane barge started doing the run to offload. 

People laughed. 

And today the Russians have a new Moskva in the west Black Sea, capable of exercising control of the air battle in that litterol environment and coordinating a variety of air and surface assets. 

Nobody is laughing. 

The island must die. How it can be done will doubtless be a priority for the Ukrainian high command. It is a Black Sea Failaka Island and without two sixteen-inch battleships to trash it, and air parity lost to the Russians, some innovative thinking will be needed to make it ineffective. 

Given what we’ve seen so far, I have no doubt the good guys have a plan. 

Snake Island – Strikes/Attacks: 

2nd May 2022 – 2x Raptor Patrol craft hit by Bayraktar TB2 

7th May 2022 – Serna Landing craft & TOR System hit by Bayraktar TB2 near S.I Jetty – both sunk, later recovered to Sevastopol. 

8th May 2022 – 2x Raptor Patrol craft & 1 Helicopter carrying troops hit by Bayraktar TB2 

17 June 2022 – 1 x Project 22870 Supply ship – Vasily Bekh with 1x TOR System onboard. Crew of at least 33 sailors onboard. Claimed to be a Harpoon missile strike with 2 successfully hitting the target.

Let’s take a look at how the Russians had resupplied the island without any major incidents up until the early morning of the 17th June 2022. They had managed to ship over at least 18 separate vehicles, Air Defence systems, Fuel tanks, troops etc using cranes and supply craft like the Serna’s and the Project 22870. I was taking daily satellite images to keep an eye on the movements and positioning of this equipment and try to work out what was going on.

I was also working with a few friends to try and identify as much as possible through various pieces of image/object recognition software. Currently, we can positively identify at least 5 TOR systems, 2 Pantir Systems, 1 Ranzhir mobile command centre, multiple Artillery pieces, 2x Air search Radars and multiple fuel/ammo dumps. Over the last week there has been a drastic increase in the use of camo netting, in an attempt to try and hide the equipment from the satellite passes. 

Below is a satellite image from 16th June 2022, with some of the areas identified being used for the above. Also attached is a satellite image from the 14th April 2022, Here you will be able to see the Island in more or less its original state, now most of it has been destroyed and is full of Russian equipment. 

At the time of writing, news was just breaking regarding the strike of a Russian Project 22870 Supply vessel with 2 Harpoon missiles, It would seem the Ukrainian Navy have waited patiently for the Russians to drop their guard and catch them snoozing.

If this ship has been sunk in the mouth of the jetty, this will block the islands only usable resupply jetty/pier and make it near enough impossible to get anything alongside to unload in the near future.

Not only hindering the security of the island but also all the equipment now sitting on there burning through valuable fuel, ammunition and other valuable supplies.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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TypewriterMonkey
TypewriterMonkey
14 days ago

MGM-140 ATACMS (launched by an M270) for a limited number of longer range strikes within Ukranian territory might also help.

JohninMK
JohninMK
14 days ago

That is the missile that the US seems to have agreed not to supply. Supposedly to reduce the chance of Ukraine aiming one at Russia proper.

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

In case the missiles hit Russia and the subsequent devastation increases Russian property prices!

dan
dan
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Crazy that the Ukrainians aren’t allowed to strike Russia. Oh yea. I forgot. Biden is scared of starting WW3. lol

Dragonwight
Dragonwight
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

I was under the impression the United States had latterly agreed to supply said longer range missile. Having received assurances it wouldn’t be used on Russian soil. The perfect weapon for Snake Island really.

RAY Davis
RAY Davis
11 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

wow.rules of non engagement………..the soviets sent MIGs to Viet Nam,,,w/russian pilots……a weak America spawns all this
………..

Farouk
Farouk
13 days ago

No need for that as Kyiv owns 80+ (well did at the start of Feb) BM-30 Smirch MRLS. With a bog standard range of 90 miles , it is able to hit the Island situated behind Odessa. Seeing as the Russian MLRS systems were designed for saturation targeting of a given area, there is nothing stopping the Ukrainian from basing 10 such systems around the region in range and quite literally wiping clean the surface of the island basically doing a job it was designed to do.

JamesD
JamesD
13 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Pretty sure that range isn’t 90 miles?

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  JamesD

You are correct, it is 90km, about 56 miles.

Farouk
Farouk
12 days ago
Reply to  JamesD

Yup got that wrong didnt i, (Miles instead of Klicks) still managed to level it today thou.

David Barry
David Barry
12 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Just have to wish them the best and hope the Russians enjoy the good news!

Do the Russians have anything like ceptor as an AA missile system?

Matt
Matt
13 days ago

This does not need that.

Kerch Bridge and Sevastopol do, however.

I’d say this is a good plot to get a nice selection of Russky equipment where it can be later destroyed without anywhere to run.

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago

There are other big potential reasons for Russia to to grab and hold onto the island. Namely to stop Romania from seizing it and turning it into a NATO outpost and economic. Re the latter, in the past there have been legal battles over it between Ukraine and Romania, as to who it belongs to and whether it is a rock or an island, it seems to be the former legally, due to the potential value of the seabed around it. It looks like Russia wants that as well now, making any cost of the current military activities a good… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by JohninMK
Farouk
Farouk
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

JIMK wrote: There are other big potential reasons for Russia to to grab and hold onto the island. Namely to stop Romania from seizing it and turning it into a NATO outpost I’m sorry but what utter tosh, and then you have the neck to add an anti NATO barb in which to substantiate your pro-Moscow leaning which as we all know will see you don a tin foil hat as protection from the incoming fire you know will come your way, which in turn allows you to play the victim card. Whilst I don’t approve of any abuse (especially… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Farouk
JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

I try to be careful with facts but these comments were opinions not facts and thanks for your comment. I was not trying to wind anyone up, just writing about an obvious to me potential political opportunity. I am not sure why you brought the BM30 up, I made no real mention of the military aspects of the island. I am well aware of the capabilities of the BM30 and its abilities to do as you say, so far Ukraine has chosen not to use them here. They are also complaining about their reducing stocks of missiles hence the need… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Yawn yawn yawn yap yap yap Putin poodle peddling it’s anti NATO Nazi propaganda. Read my question to your other chuff post and have the balls to reply.

Sean
Sean
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

You wouldn’t recognise a fact if it smashed you in the face. You obviously see Putin’s five fingers not four…

Jim
Jim
12 days ago
Reply to  Sean

Ooooh I’ll wager few will get that reference !!

Sean
Sean
12 days ago
Reply to  Jim

I would expect John will get the reference as Putin appears to be using Orwell’s novel as a handbook on how to govern Russia. So it’s probably on the reading list for all of Putin’s henchmen 🤷🏻‍♂️

Jim
Jim
12 days ago
Reply to  Sean

You think he’s a “Lizard” then ?

Sean
Sean
12 days ago
Reply to  Jim

I’m not sure Cardassians are lizards…

Jim
Jim
8 days ago
Reply to  Sean

Ah true, to be more accurate then sub “lizard” with “reptile”. He sure seems to let his reptile brain do most of the thinking for him on here!

Simon
Simon
13 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

If it 30 miles of the coast, it is not far out of range of some of the improved BM-21 rockets that Poland & Egypt have developed.

Farouk
Farouk
12 days ago
Reply to  Simon

Yup but the BM21 missiles with an extended range end up with a smaller warhead, the BM 30 carries a bigger one , but saying that if I wanted to hit the island I would hit it first with a large number of smaller (and cheaper) MRLS requiring the anti missile screen to expend their loaded missiles, then follow up with the larger ones. But I’m not in charge.

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Well forecasted, this just appeared on Twitter

Today at 04:00, the AFU began firing on #SnakeIsland: Ukrainian media reported that local residents of the Odessa region heard at least 35 explosions from the direction of the Island.

JamesD
JamesD
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Do you have a source for this?

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  JamesD

His nazi controller!

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  JamesD

This is the poster. I have not seen it reported elsewhere so keep a salt seller handy. https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1/status/1538782695454429184

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

He also put this chart up showing systems that could reach the island. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FVujr7dVEAEDzr9?format=jpg&name=small

Airborne
Airborne
11 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Any condemnation of Putins illegal invasion of Ukraine?

JohninMK
JohninMK
12 days ago
Reply to  JamesD

More detail at end of thread.

The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

John son please FFS just give the boys what they are asking ! A bloody answer will ya! This is getting boring AS . If you support Russia just come out and state your position , if you don’t want to condemn Russia’s invasion just say so. It’s your right to hold whatever opinion you want but this shitehoose vicars T party dialogue from you is shite.Grow a set of balls This constant Ukraine horseshit is tiresome , we’ve gone from having (won’t name individuals) who used to mention Scottish independence every single post even if it was to do… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
11 days ago

No balls call! Ignore it and it may go away……he will never answer as he isnt allowed, but, my my isnt he sadly amusing.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
13 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Bravo.

Dern
Dern
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Oh look, the Russian Troll is playing “NATO aggression” card. Colour me shocked.

Still no condemnation of Putins invasion I notice, even while inventing non-existent Romanian annexations.

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Give yourself a break. OK here is an easier question, rather than the one you are afraid to answer. Would you like to see Russia end it’s illegal invasion, return to its pre invasion Russian border and allow peace in Ukraine, therefore stopping the killing and allowing Ukraine to rebuild, and decide its own national and international future. We all await your answer.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
13 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

Seems he’s not going to!!

Sean
Sean
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Utter nonsense. Unlike facist Russia, Romania is a law-abiding democracy and would not try to seize Ukrainian territory for its own imperialist ambitions. There was a dispute between Ukraine and Romania over exclusive maritime zones and this was settled at the ICJ – not Russian style on the battlefield. Putin wants Snake Island because if his deranged imperialist ambitions to rebuild the USSR. Militarily it could be seen as a stone frigate off the coast of Odessa, but then it might also prove to be unsupportable – as the RN thought if Heligoland when under a British possession. The Russians… Read more »

David Barry
David Barry
9 days ago
Reply to  Sean

There’s only one point in your post that I disagree with. And truly, it is lamentable and colours you pro Russian 😉

Russian does NOT settle disputes on the battlefield – it creates them!

Please, try to detox from Russian propoganda.

Sean
Sean
8 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

Ok “Russia creates and attempts to settle disputes on the battlefield” would be more accurate given their unbelievably amateurish and incompetent performance in this war. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I think a caveat would also have to be added to explain that in the definition of a “battlefield”, Russia includes civilian housing, maternity hospitals, schools, theatres, etc as all being valid battlefields even when there are no enemy combatants present. This of course makes the committing of war-crimes to be part of Russian standard operating procedure.

David Barry
David Barry
8 days ago
Reply to  Sean

100%, thumbs up.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
13 days ago

Hm, sounds impressive, but then so did Moskva and that could move. I’m sure the resources the West could bring to bear in support of Ukraine means that Snake Island is a sideshow. More concerned for the long game in the importance of Kersh bridge. Also sure together we’ll have to step up that support level decisively, with less talk of fear or respect for Russia. No-one has attacked Russia. But our overall response seems a little too ‘political’, shall we say. To the extent that, to me at least, there appears a little too much ‘cosy status-quo’ in our… Read more »

JohninMK
JohninMK
13 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

I read that Russia now controls somewhere between 20-25% of Ukraine but that total includes Crimea and pre February LDNR. As you say, comparing that to an equivalent area in the west of Europe really brings home the shear size of the country. Snake Island is indeed a side show with no real significance. Similarly now that the land route from Rostov via Mariupol is now open to Crimea, the Kersh Bridge is much less critical. The public announcement, by I think Biden, that NATO would not interfere, made before Russians attacked, in my view really put the nail in… Read more »

Dern
Dern
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

What’s the going rate for these comments stooge?

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  Dern

A monthly subscription to “nonce monthly” and a promise not to be put in an ancient piece of shit T64 after 3 days “arduous” training and told to die for Nazi mother Russia and Putins glory.

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
7 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

I have a doctor’s note to say I must not read any more of your comments because I might die laughing.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

In my opinion, lifting the threat to Odesa, and perhaps more immediatey any relief of Kherson, will be more determined by the fate of the Kersh as that remains out of range to date and for the foreseeable. Wilst the route from there via Crimea is also comfortably secure. It’s a huge, challenging target, of course. The Mariupol route on the other hand is more vulnerable to adequate supplies of current fires and the inevitable longer range that we’re, or more accurately the US, is going to have to supply. As for the US, she’ll be more than aware that… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Any condemnation of Putins illegal invasion of Ukraine yet Nazi?

Jacko
Jacko
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

I would say there is difference in ‘controlling’ parts of Ukraine and actually occupying it! Unless you have the help of the local authorities you don’t control naff all! IF you manage to advance any further the problem of control is only going to get worse.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Well sanctions rarely work short term but I think you are playing the official Russian line here against the face of reality. It is interesting that Putin and his fellow zealots despite the brave faces are at every turn trying to get those sanctions reversed most recently through the Ukrainian grain offer. Equally it’s interesting to see the recent Russian economic forum in St Petersburg, embarrassingly hit by hackers I note was otherwise only notable for only two things the tumbleweed around the place and the Country’s top banker bemoaning and warning the war was leaving the Country bereft of… Read more »

Sean
Sean
13 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

“sanctions hasn’t worked”….
Hilarious!
Are you on drugs?

I have friends in Moscow, the sanctions are seriously screwing over the Russian economy. Thankfully VPNs allow them access to social media and news.

And my friends in the USA say that Ukraine is very much in peoples minds. Amazingly it’s the one issue that Putin has managed to unite the majority of Republicans and Democrats over. That in itself is enough to gets the most insular Americans attention.

Sean
Sean
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Except with the Ukrainians on the offensive in the South and making gains around Kherson it’s only a matter of time before the land corridor is cut. Which then makes the Kersch Bridge a very obvious target to cut Crimea off from Russia.

David Barry
David Barry
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

I think Snake Island has immense value with regard to mineral wealth off shore and could be a good bastion defence for the Ukraine.

Good luck Ukraine.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
11 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

20% is about the number of Russian occupation. They are moving at a rate of under 1km a day. The south has been the main land grab. Crimea and parts of the donbas were basically already in Russian hands. Ukraine has been taking a stand then retreat then counter attack. Russia area of control is growing slowly. Supposedly Ukraine has a few 100,000s people that are doing military training and it’s trying to get forces equipped and then launch a massive counter attack. Whether that will play out we will see. Some say august time probably. When I say training… Read more »

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
11 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Just to add this guy Dennis does a good daily update imof Ukrainian situations. He’s a Ukrainian but does the channel in English.

https://youtu.be/BNYOQ2hLgfg

Frank62
Frank62
13 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

I agree with you Gavin. We deploy all the excuses we can find rather than doing what’s necessary to hopefully bring this nasty war to an end. This is exactly what our forces exist for; to repell such naked aggression & barbarity. Appeasing Putin in effect has not worked. Nor should we pander to his properganda or paranoia when whole towns & cities are being carpet bombed. We must stop holding back Ukraines defences & allow them the tools needed along with our own assisting. We’re deluding ourselves that we’re not already at war with Russia & China. They talk… Read more »

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
12 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

One does despair. Not only do We advise Ukr that they’re not allowed to use our weapons to target troops amassed jnside Russia’s borders, evidently the same injunction applies to military centres within the ”So-calleds’ – Irpin, for instance.

Meanwhile we in the UK seem to be transiting to troop training proposals. Good; and we’ve certainly been quick to coordinate and supply aid, but leads to impression we’re running out of hardware options Meanwhile, we still we defend troop reductions in Parliament. That’s’s why I included us in the political watching brief earlier.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
12 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Correction – for Irpin read Izium 😐

Ron
Ron
13 days ago

Snake Island, would it be good if the Ukraine can regain control of the Island, sure but at the moment it serves a limited purpose especially if as has been said the supply vessel Vasily Bekh has been sunk in the area of the Islands jetty that will be a major problem for the Russians. The Ukrainians have a few options with Snake Island, if the supply ship has sunk in an area where no further ships can get to the jetty leave it and let the Russians run out of food, fuel etc. Second option is to use the… Read more »

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
13 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Putin pretty much through his threat a few days back to Kazakhstan (for daring to say it will not recognise the two illegal Ukraine Republics) claimed that all former Soviet entities are mother Russia, they either submit to Russian hegemony or will be brought militarily back into the ‘homeland’. Now whether this is limited to those who were strictly part of greater Russia (worrying enough) beyond Ukraine for that means Baltic States (war with NATO), Finland, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan (war with Turkey) at the very least. But does he refer to non Russian States that were part of the Soviet… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Spyinthesky
Ron
Ron
12 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

I agree with your thinking, it does seem that Putin is wanting to recreate the Greater Russia. If that is the case I checked the old Russian borders under the Tsar, they do come within a few miles of Warsaw, controlled the Baltic States and Finland, not to forget Alaska. If Russia or more correctly Putin is trying to recreate that it really will come to a confrontation either with NATO or the EU through its defence clause which again means NATO. So he needs to be stopped. I think Putin has mad the mistake of seeing NATO/EU nations bickering… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
13 days ago

Is the island within range of MLRS? Can’t the Ukrainians “Grid Square” it?

It’s not as if the Russians have room to manoeuvre there.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
13 days ago

Sorry, just now reading the comments this has been pointed out.

David Barry
David Barry
12 days ago

I got educated last week.

The Army don’t do grid square removal anymore.

Then again the surface fleet skimmers are nearly out of the warship removal business too.

Times are changing Daniele.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
12 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

Yes, I read that too, no cluster munitions but precision.

I still said it though as with a small area like that it’s the same, they’ve nowhere to shoot and scoot to.

Ian M
Ian M
11 days ago

M31 rounds (range 85Km) with airburst selected and a CEP of 5m could be used to pick off targets and bounce a lot of shrapnel around. Maybe 10 rounds would mess stuff up on the island.

JohninMK
JohninMK
12 days ago

Further to the attack on Snake Island yesterday this is the Russian MoD release that I put here without comment.. Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (June 21, 2022) On June 20, at about 05.00 AM, the Kiev regime attempted to capture Snake Island. The plan of the operation composed by the Kiev regime supposed to launch massive air and artillery attacks at Snake Island, to disembark troops and capture it. The air attack has involved more than 15 Ukrainian attack and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) adjusted by two Bayraktar-TB2 UAVs.… Read more »

Last edited 12 days ago by JohninMK
Stu
Stu
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Well that’s the russian fantasy version of events. Reading between the lines, russian forces on the island took a hammering from a missile strike.

Sean
Sean
12 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

You post a press release from the Ministry of Lies and think that’s acceptable?

As per usual facts show that Putin is a bigger liar than Pinocchio. Satellite images from Maxar show that Russian positions on Snake Island suffered heavily from the Ukranian attack, with large burnt/ scorched sections visible. So much for the hilarious Russian claim “we shot everything down” 😆

Tams
Tams
11 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

With no comment. Of course you would.

No Russian losses my arse. And rhey mention M777s but then completely fail to mention them in the (apparent lack of) damage report. It’s almost like their anti-air systems can’t take out artillery shells or something…

Airborne
Airborne
11 days ago
Reply to  JohninMK

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn, so more bullshit from Nazi Russia. Now, how about having the nads to admit you are a Nazi, who supports this invasion of Ukraine and you support Putin. Eveyone is allowed an opinion, it may not be nice to some, but you are allowed one. However, it would seem you are to cowardly to admit it, or to scared to deny it. As it is you are a sad troll, one who has made quite a few obvious mistakes while pretending to be an impartial observer.

David Barry
David Barry
12 days ago

https://youtu.be/Eo6w5R6Uo8Y I’d really welcome some feedback on the claims in this video – stand still johninmk – what is the level of veracity?

Should it true, why is it not common knowkedge?

As to snake island, light malleting after starving the occupiers and taking the equipment.

Odesa need re-opening and this is a step towards it.

JohninMK
JohninMK
11 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

Thanks for the link, interesting take on the last 30 or so years. A few points where a western spin was visible, like aspects of 2014 and Crimea, then ignoring the current Chinese gas pipe and puffing up the status of the actual reserves in Ukraine. I don’t know enough to comment on some aspects but he puts it very clearly. Its late so I’ll leave it at that. That it isn’t common knowledge, although no doubt well known in Washington, and being exploited by the PR operations surrounding Ukraine possibly means that they have a different, perhaps less clear… Read more »

Rob N
Rob N
11 days ago

Ukraine just hit the island with rockets and did serious damage. The UK gifted long range GMLRS should do pinpoint and massive to Russian sites…

As the Russians cannot resupply it is only a matter of time before the Russian’s are kicked of the island.

Geoffi
Geoffi
4 days ago

Reports this morning coming out that Russia has withdrawn from Snake Island…