Ukraine’s military released drone footage on May 8 showing what it said were attacks on Russian ammunition depots at Russia’s occupied Zmiinyi Island, or Snake Island, in the western Black Sea.
Aerial footage shows buildings exploding in a huge ball of smoke after being targeted by two Ukrainian fighter jets.
The footage was filmed by a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone. A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drone captured two Su-27s (some expert says Su-24M) flying low over the island from the south, before dropping multiple bombs and infrared countermeasure flares, TheDrive.com reported.
According to Forbes, the raid marks a significant escalation of Ukraine’s air campaign targeting the Russian garrison on the island in the western Black Sea, 80 miles south of Ukraine’s strategic port Odesa.
The Island also became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance after a radio exchange went viral at the start of the war, in which Ukrainian soldiers used an expletive in rebuffing a demand by the Russian warship Moskva to surrender.
The Moskva and Admiral Makarov sunk in the Black Sea in mid-April following the warship being hit with two Neptun missiles.
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