Explained: The importance of Snake Island, speck of land in the Black Sea, where Ukraine has bombed Russia

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Ukraine has said it has caused significant losses to the Russian military in airstrikes on Zmiinyi Island also known as Snake Island in the Black Sea.

What is Snake Island?
Snake Island
Source: BBC

Snake Island is also known as Zmiinyi or Serpent Island.

The island is located 35 km from the coast of the Black Sea, to the east of the mouth of the Danube and roughly southwest of the port city of Odessa.

The island is a small piece of rock less than 700 meters from end to end that has been described as being “X-shaped”.

The island has been known since ancient times and is marked on the map by the tiny village of Bile that is located on it. This village belongs to Ukraine. 

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Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: The importance of Snake Island, speck of land in the Black Sea, where Ukraine has bombed Russia” published in The Hindu on 20th June 2022.

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