Yesterday the Russian occupiers fled from the Ukrainian territory of Snake Island, which they had occupied. Thanks to the defenders of the Odessa region, who took measures to liberate a strategically important section of Ukraine’s territory, to foreign partners for providing weapons, as well as to the designers and manufacturers of the Ukrainian Bogdan self-propelled howitzer, the island is now controlled by Ukraine again.
The strategically important island, just 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian coast, was captured by Russia on the first day of the war. Since then, Ukraine repeatedly shelled the Russian forces stationed on it. However, on June 30, unable to withstand the fire of Ukrainian artillery, rocket and air strikes, the occupiers left Snake Island.
Russia could not come to terms with the fact that it suffered a defeat in the battles for the island. In a bizarre choice of words, a representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian army had left the island “as a step of goodwill”. But revenge was swift in its execution, showing that when the Russian army is humiliated in the field of battle, it responds by massacring civilians.
On the night of June 30 , Russian Tu-22 strategic aircraft launched missile strikes in the direction of the Black Sea at the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky district of the Odessa region. Three X-22 missiles hit an apartment building and two recreation centres in the village of Sergeevka. The X-22 is an outdated missile that has a margin of error of 300 meters when it hits the target. The leadership of the Russian army deliberately kills and endangers the lives of civilians; they are not capable of inflicting any precision strikes.
It is already known that there are about 18 dead in this latest terrorist attack, including two children. More than 30 people were injured. Rescuers continue to dismantle the rubble of a 9-storey building. According to experts, there will be many more victims.
Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism. As President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has said, only completely crazy terrorists, for whom there should be no place on Earth, can hit civilian targets with rockets. Putin and his army must be stopped by any means. Ukraine and the rest of the civilized world must not suffer because of Putin’s insane ambitions.