The retreat of the Russian garrison from Ukraine’s Snake Island in the Black Sea was not a “good will gesture,” in contrast to Russian propaganda, the U.S. Defense Department said in a statement on its website on July 1.
“The Ukrainians were very successful at applying significant pressure on the Russians, including by using Harpoon missiles that they recently acquired to attack a resupply ship…,” the Pentagon said.
“So, the Ukrainians made it very hard for the Russians to sustain their operations there (and) made them very vulnerable to Ukrainian strikes. So, that of course, is why Russia left the island.”
The assessment also said that regaining control over the island will make Odesa more defendable, and will allow for the reopening of some shipping lanes in the Black Sea for commerce to and from Ukraine.