After announcing the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine’s Snake Island in the Black Sea area, the Russian Air Force sent fighter jets to attack Ukrainian forces there.

Su-30SM fighter of the Russian Air Force. Source Sina
Su-30SM fighter of the Russian Air Force. Source Sina

After the Russian Army announced its withdrawal from Snake Island, it does not mean that Russia will easily hand over the island to the Ukrainian Army.

The purpose of the withdrawal of the Russian military from Snake Island, according to the announcement, is to “maintain the smooth flow of commerce” in the waters, ensure the smooth flow of Ukrainian grain ships, and contribute to “ensure the safety of world food security.

Although from a practical perspective, the Russian Army was forced to withdraw from Snake Island seems to be because the attacks of the Ukrainian Army were too fierce.

Snake Island before (left) and after (right) were attacked by Russian warplanes. Source Aviapro
Snake Island before (left) and after (right) were attacked by Russian warplanes. Source Aviapro

However, in the style of “fighting nation”, Russia cannot let the Ukrainian Army achieve strategic victory so easily.

Just when the Ukrainian Army had not yet had time to celebrate the counterattack and recapture Snake Island, Russian warplanes destroyed a Ukrainian light landing craft and destroyed the only bridge on the island.

Snake Island and structures built on the island. Source Sina
Snake Island and structures built on the island. Source Sina

Several Su-30SM fighters of the Russian Air Force took off from Crimea and carried out several airstrikes on Snake Island. This means that the withdrawal of the Russian Army does not mean giving up, but changing methods, using air superiority to continue to control Snake Island.

Although Kiev considers the withdrawal of the Russian Army from Snake Island as one of the results of the counterattack; But so far, the Ukrainian Army has not dared to send troops to Snake Island, but only sent drones to attack and destroy equipment left by the Russian Army on the island.

Russian warplanes drop bombs on Snake Island. Source Aviapro
Russian warplanes drop bombs on Snake Island. Source Aviapro

And the Russian Army chose to use air superiority, to continue to control Snake Island; This is much better than deploying troops and equipment on the island. This can be explained as follows:

First, in order to avoid damage, the Russians, no matter how much equipment they transported to Snake Island, could not withstand the continuous shelling of the Ukrainian Army.

After the Ukrainian Army received Western-supported long-range artillery, their long-range strike capability has increased significantly, and can accurately strike Russian military equipment on Snake Island.

Second, the pressure of international opinion on Russia is too great, and the Western media exaggerates that Russia is responsible for the global food crisis. The Russian military used Snake Island to blockade the port of Odessa and Ukrainian grain ships could not leave the port.

Assessing the current situation, it is too early to determine that the Ukrainian Army has captured Snake Island.

The landing of the Ukrainian Army on Snake Island is not so easy and the deployment of equipment on Snake Island in the future is also very difficult. And the Russian Army has no plans to send forces to capture Snake Island again.

But as long as the Ukrainian Army dares to land on the island, the Russian Army will send fighter jets to bombard it. So, it is predictable that Snake Island will become an island that will not be occupied by any military force in the future.

Snake Island only has an area of 0.17 square kilometers, the highest point is 41 meters above sea level, lacks a solid shelter, and it is very difficult to transport materials. Such a small island, neither the Russian Army nor the Ukrainian Army want to go up as a living target.

Unless the conflict between Russia and Ukraine ends and all the missions of the Russian Army are completed, the attack on Snake Island then will not bring much meaning. And the Ukrainian Army will be able to take full control of Snake Island and deploy personnel and equipment on it.

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