Image ID CBR6M9 Zmiinyi Island, Snake Island, Black Sea, Odessa, Ukraine, Eastern Europe 22082019 CREDIT Andrey Nekrasov, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
In a defiant last stand, a group of Ukrainian border guards in February told the Russian military to "go f*** yourself" before they were killed as they defended a small island in the Black Sea (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).
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Ukrainian military releases aerial footage of strikes on Russian-occupied Snake Island

Satellite photos appear to show Ukraine targeting Russian-held Snake Island in a bid to impede Russia's efforts to control the Black Sea.

Image ID CBR6M9 Zmiinyi Island, Snake Island, Black Sea, Odessa, Ukraine, Eastern Europe 22082019 CREDIT Andrey Nekrasov, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
In a defiant last stand, a group of Ukrainian border guards in February told the Russian military to "go f*** yourself" before they were killed as they defended a small island in the Black Sea (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).

New aerial footage released by the Ukrainian military appears to show strikes on a Russian vessel and structure on Snake Island which has been occupied by Russia since late February.

Satellite photos analysed by the Associated Press (AP) have also shown Ukraine targeting Russian-held Snake Island in a bid to impede Russia's efforts to control the Black Sea.

A satellite image taken on Sunday morning and analysed by AP showed smoke rising from two sites on the island – on the island's southern edge, a fire smoked next to debris.

The aerial footage released by the Ukrainian military shows a drone strike on a Russian vessel and structure on Snake Island.

In a defiant last stand, Snake Island figured in a memorable incident early in the war when Ukrainian border guards stationed there defied Russian orders to surrender telling them to "go f*** yourself" before they were initially reported killed as they defended the small island in the Black Sea.

This corresponded to another video released by the Ukrainian military, showing its strike on a Russian helicopter that had flown to the island, possibly to aid troops wounded in attacks.

Ukrainian leaders warned that attacks would only worsen in the lead-up to Victory Day when Russia celebrates Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 with military parades.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to want to proclaim some kind of triumph in Ukraine when he addresses the troops in Red Square on May 9.