Ukrainian troops cleared areas of the recaptured Snake Island, changed the Russian flag to the defending nation’s yellow and blue – and also rescued a lonely cat.
The Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that mine clearance and search work had been carried out on Snake Island, also known as Zmiinyi Island, after it was resumed in Beginning of the month.
The leadership said on Wednesday: “Ukraine is carrying out search and clearance of Snake Island.
“During the MoD’s Operation GUR, searches and reconnaissance of the territory and underground fortifications of the island of Zmiiny were carried out.
“The demining engineering work is now complete.
“The enemy’s weapons and equipment were identified and seized. In particular, guidance and control systems, Orlan-10 drones, MANPAD systems, grenade launchers, flamethrowers, small arms, combat diaries, personal documents of the Russian army and electronic media.
“The Ukrainian flag was hoisted on the island in place of the racist ‘tricolour'”.
Management added: “In addition, a Ukrainian cat that had been living on the site for several months was found and taken to controlled territory.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Thursday marks the 148th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 20, Russia lost about 38,750 men, 1,700 tanks, 3,905 armored fighting vehicles, 856 artillery units, 250 multiple rocket launcher systems, 113 air defense systems, 221 combat aircraft. , 188 helicopters, 703 drones, 167 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,775 motor vehicles and tankers and 70 units of special equipment.
CIA chief William Burns said Wednesday there was no information indicating Russian President Vladimir Putin was in poor health or unstable. It has long been rumored in Western media that Putin, 69, is suffering from health issues, possibly cancer, but Burns joked that the Russian president seemed “too healthy”, adding: ” He is convinced that his destiny as leader of Russia is to restore Russia as a great power.
“He thinks the key to doing that is to recreate a sphere of influence in Russia’s neighborhood and he can’t do that without controlling Ukraine.”
Burns said the United States believes Russia has so far lost around 15,000 troops in Ukraine, with some 45,000 injured.
Washington announced on Wednesday that it would supply Ukraine with more long-range weapons despite an apparent warning from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that such an act would expand Moscow’s military concentration in Ukraine.
A report published the same day by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights indicates that Russian troops have committed serious rights violations in Ukraine. The Warsaw-based office cited such cases as the bombing of a theater in Mariupol in mid-March and the train station in Kramatorsk in early April.
Both incidents resulted in civilian deaths and could constitute Russian war crimes, the institution said.
The report also details testimonies of unlawful executions, detentions, abductions and cases of torture and sexual violence.
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