Ukraine said Russian troops had withdrawn from the strategic outpost in the Black Sea, with Moscow confirming the move.
Ukraine’s ministry of defence tweeted: “Operational Command South confirms, the Russian occupiers have left the Snake Island.
“They couldn’t stand the weather – the ground was burning under their feet, the sea was boiling, the air was too hot.
“P.S. russian warships go f*** yourselves!”
Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, added: “KABOOM! No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job.”
Russia’s defence ministry said the move was a “goodwill gesture” and insisted the troops had fulfilled the tasks assigned to them.
It added that the move showed Moscow was not blocking UN efforts to organise a humanitarian corridor to export agricultural products out of Ukraine.
Snake Island, which Russia occupied on the first day of its invasion, achieved fame when Ukrainian border guards stationed there rejected a Russian warship’s demand for their surrender.
Ukraine’s Southern Military Command wrote on Facebook that following a successful operation involving missile and artillery units, Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island in two boats.
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