Ukraine on Monday claimed that two Russian patrol boats were destroyed in its drone strikes near the Black Sea’s Snake Island, the AFP reported.
“Two Russian Raptor boats were destroyed at dawn today near Snake Island,” Ukraine’s defence ministry said in a statement shared on social media.
💬Головнокомандувач ЗС України генерал Валерій Залужний:
Сьогодні на світанку біля острова Зміїний було знищено два російські катери типу Раптор.
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 2, 2022
Along with its statement, the Ukrainian Defence ministry released grainy black and white aerial footage showing an explosion on a small military vessel.
Snake Island had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance after a radio exchange went viral in which Ukrainian soldiers rebuffed demands from crew of a Russian warship to surrender.