Incredible footage captures the moment two Ukrainian fighter jets bombed the Russian-occupied Snake Island.
Footage released on Saturday shows Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flankers striking facilities during a high speed bombing of Snake Island, which was seized by Russian forces earlier this year.
A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drone captured two Su-27s flying low over the island from the south, before dropping multiple bombs and infrared countermeasure flares, TheDrive.com reported.
The southern approach to the island was a strategic measure from Ukrainian forces because Russian defenders on the island would most likely be focused on looking north and west toward the Ukrainian coastline, according to The Drive.
Footage released on Saturday shows Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flankers striking Russian facilities during a high speed bombing of Snake Island
A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drone captured two Su-27s fly in low from the south, dropping multiple bombs as well as infrared countermeasure flares
The daring raid appeared to strike direct hits to the island’s main complex and buildings above the pier.
After the initial strikes there appear to be at least two major secondary explosions, which could mean the bombs struck an ammunition or fuel stage area, The Drive reported.
The bold attack comes after Ukraine claimed a TB2 drone destroyed Russian landing ship on the island.
On Saturday Ukraine showed a video claiming to be a military drone hit on a Russian landing ship supplying a TOR anti-aircraft missile system to Snake Island.
The footage appears to show the destruction of a large Serna-type landing craft in an air strike.
‘Enemy units remaining on Snake Island remain without air cover and will be destroyed and burned out like cockroaches or locusts,’ said Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko.
Other reports said the landing craft had been hit by a hit by a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 military drone.
The daring raid appeared to strike direct hits to the island’s main complex and buildings above the pier
After the initial strikes there appear to be at least two major secondary explosions, which could mean the bombs struck an ammunition or fuel stage area
This satellite image taken by Planet Labs PBC shows thick black smoke rising after a suspected Ukrainian drone strike on Russian positions on Snake Island, Ukraine, in the Black Sea
The large Serna-type landing craft moments after the missile strike by the Bayraktar TB2 drone. ‘Enemy units remaining on Snake Island remain without air cover’, the Ukrainians said
Black and white footage showed little human figures moving around on the landing ship moments before a white flash engulfs the craft. Figures continue to move around on the craft after it is hit.
The footage also showed an attack on a building on Snake Island. What appear to be Russian personnel are seen patrolling around the building when it too is blasted from the sky.
The footage of the strike on the vessel was not dated. After the strike, people were seen moving about on the vessel.
The Serna class – Russian designation Project 11770 – is a type of ‘air cavity’ designed landing craft constructed for the Russian Navy. Twelve boats were built between 1994 and 2014.
Back in March, Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of the Island, located just miles from the coast of Romania.
The island is strategically important because it allows Russia to claim territorial waters stretching 12 nautical miles out to sea.
They cover important shipping channels to the port cities of Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kherson.
After taking the island, Russia cut off the shipping channels, isolating Ukraine from international markets and depriving its economy of vital trade revenues as it seeks to defend itself.
In March, an audio clip was shared online of an officer from a Russian military ship telling Ukrainian guards guarding Snake Island to ‘lay down your arms immediately to avoid bloodshed and unjustified deaths’, adding ‘otherwise you will be bombed’.
The guards can then be heard talking amongst themselves, agreeing ‘this is it’, before they responded to the Russian navy saying: ‘Russian warship, go f*** yourself.’
Source: Daily Mail