VIDEO: Desert Island Hits: Ukrainian Fighter Jets Rain Bombs Down On Snake Island
This is the moment bombs rain down on Snake Island in the Black Sea as Ukrainian fighter jets claim to obliterate several Russian targets.
The daring raid took place on Snake Island, also known as Serpent and Zmiinyi Island, belonging to Ukraine in the Black Sea near the Danube Delta.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces said on 8th May: “Two videos at once in the continuation of the series about the ‘troubles’ of the Russians on Snake Island.”
For over a week, Ukraine’s propeller-driven Bayraktar TB-2 armed drones have been carrying out a relentless campaign over the small 110-acre island.
The satellite-controlled UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), boasting 14-lb missiles, have destroyed at least three air-defence systems, two patrol boats, a landing craft, and a helicopter, according to the Ukrainian military.
The strikes paved the way for Ukrainian fighter pilots in Sukhoi Su-27 jets to bomb strategic targets.
The fighter jets flew at low altitude to the southern side of Snake Island and hit at least three buildings. A subsequent series of explosions suggested an ammunition depot or fuel storage facility was successfully destroyed.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin called a “special military operation”. Today marks the 75th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 9th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 25,650 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,145 tanks, 2,764 armored fighting vehicles, 513 artillery systems, 185 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 199 aircraft, 158 helicopters, 1,970 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 12 boats/cutters, 377 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment, and 94 cruise missiles.
The update of alleged losses comes as Vladimir Putin addresses a huge military parade in Red Square in Moscow on Victory Day.
The annual event commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian President used his speech to claim Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland”. He also said the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary and was provoked by the West.
However, he did not make any major announcement concerning the invasion, as many had speculated.