The island was returned under the jurisdiction of Ukraine.
Snake Island was officially returned under the jurisdiction of Ukraine.
This was stated by the head of the press center of the Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine Natalia Gumenyuk.
“Ukraine’s flag has been set up on Zmeiny Island. The military operation has been completed and now the territory has been returned to the jurisdiction of Ukraine,” she said.
As UNIAN reported, in the first days of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian invaders seized the Ukrainian island of Serpents in the Black Sea.
On June 30, Russia confirmed the withdrawal of troops from Zmeiny Island, which was captured by it on February 24 – at the very beginning of a full-scale war.
During the entire period of occupation of this territory, Russian troops suffered heavy losses in equipment and personnel, and in the end were forced to flee, unable to withstand the blows of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to Forbes, the Russians lost $915 million worth of equipment on Zmeinoye and in the surrounding waters . The biggest loss of the occupying army was the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the missile cruiser Moskva, worth $750 million. It participated in the occupation of the serpent, became the hero of a postage stamp, and on April 13 was hit and sank a day later .