KYIV, ($1=30.25 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Two Su-27 twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force carried out an air attack and bombed with high-speed high-drag bombs on Russian-occupied Snake Island. There is no official or confirmed information on when exactly the air attack took place, but some experts suggest that it happened very recently [Ukrainian sources say either on May 6 or 7].
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The targets of the Ukrainian aviators were the central administrative buildings on the island in its eastern part and other facilities where Russian forces are already stationed. Video shows Ukrainian fighters coming from the south, which is an unexpected maneuver, as it is assumed that such attacks would come from the Ukrainian coast – north or west.
Experts say the possible targets of the Ukrainian fighters were eastern weapons or fuel depots on Snake Island. Large explosions are seen, suggesting similar claims. However, there is no official information on what exactly hit the Su-27s.
The whole attack was captured on impressive video footage of one of the most active in the last 48 hours Ukrainian drone Bayraktar TB2, which before and during the attack played the role of reconnaissance aircraft.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that Bayraktar TB2 in recent days has been hitting Russian positions not only on land but also actively participating in the bombings on Snake Island. On May 7, we reported on the successful attack of a Ukrainian drone on the Russian D-144 Serna-class landing craft.
Earlier, Ukrainian drones attacked again on Russian positions of Snake Island, but the targets were a ZU-23-2 23 × 152mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannon, a TOR medium-altitude, a short-range surface-to-air missile, and one SA-13 Arrow-10 highly mobile, short-range surface-to-air missile system.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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