On July 7, 2022, a Ukrainian commando raises the flag on Zmeiny (serpentine) island, that the Anglo-Saxons are calling Snake, in a last propaganda episode so far on a symbolic 17-hectare rock in the Black sea
The island is about 35 km east of the Ukrainian coast near Romania border, 140 km south of Odessa. The Russian navy storms it on February 24, 2022, at the beginning of the special military operation in Donbass and Ukraine. The incident becomes the first Ukrainian myth of the conflict. The few dozens border guards would have fought to death. The garrison actually surrendered
The fist important counterattack occurs on May 7 and two days later, the Russian defense ministry states
Over the past two days, the Kiev regime has made several desperate attempts to land air and sea assaults on Zmeiny island […] The enemy suffered heavy losses. 3 Su-24 and 1 Su-27, 3 Mi-8 helicopters with paratroopers on board and 1 Mi-24 helicopter have been shot down […] Within two days, 29 Ukrainian UAVs have been shot down […] Also, 3 armored Ukrainian amphibious assault boats carrying Ukrainian naval personnel were destroyed during an attempted landing on the night of May 8 […] more than 50 Ukrainian saboteurs have been killed at sea and on the coast during the landing and attempts to consolidate on the island. 24 bodies of dead Ukrainian servicemen were left on the shore of Zmeiny island
From Russian sources, a new attempt is cancelled on June 20, after the Russian air defense has managed to shoot down Tochka ballistic missiles and Uragan 220 mm rockets which were aimed at the island.
But meanwhile, NATO has delivered 155 mm guns and howitzers to Ukraine. The US M777 or French CaESAr can shoot guided artillery shells up to 40, even 50 km. Some are brought in front of the island and under actual shelling, which are depleting the air defense, Russia withdraws on June 30.
Russia is still enforcing a reciprocal fire control on the island and the Ukrainian defense ministry states on July 4 that a helicopter has dropped a flag there. Even real, the fact is insufficient, the Ukrainian propaganda victory needs engineering. Therefore, an amphibious or airborne raid raises the flag today. The Russian reaction is prompt, with an airstrike against the detachment.