Ukrainian drone attacks are preventing Russian troops from making further gains in the western region of the Black Sea, according to an assessment by the UK Defence Ministry.
The UK Defence Ministry stated this in a series of tweets on its Twitter account on Wednesday while providing the latest update on the situation in Ukraine.
It tweeted, “Fighting continues on Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, with Russia repeatedly trying to reinforce its exposed garrison located there.
“Ukraine has successfully struck Russian air defences and resupply vessels with Bayraktar drones. Russia’s resupply vessels have minimum protection in the western Black Sea, following the Russian Navy’s retreat to Crimea after the loss of the Moskva.
“Russia’s current efforts to augment its forces on Zmiinyi Island offer Ukraine more opportunities to engage Russian troops and attrit materiel.
“If Russia consolidates its position on Zmiinyi Island with strategic air defence and coastal defence cruise missiles, they could dominate the north-western Black Sea.”
The assessment said that both Ukrainian and Russian sources had reported heavy Fighting on Snake Island around 35km off the coast, south of the city of Odessa.