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Ukraine challenges Russia and raises a flag on the reclaimed Snake Island

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Max Hander and Simon Lewis

Ukrainian service members install a national flag on Snake Island, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Odesa region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released July 7, 2022.
Ukrainian service members are Russia The national flag of Snake Island in the photo of this distribution, released on July 7, 2022, as the attacks on Ukraine continued.Photo by Ukrainian military press/Distribution by REUTERS

KYIV / BAKHMUT — Ukrainian army on Thursday Kyiv was defeated, a major international supporter after saying that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would resign, although he raised the national flag on the reclaimed Black Sea island in rebellious action against Moscow.

Russian troops also fired a potential conquest in eastern Ukraine prior to the expected new attack.

Moscow did not hide its joy in the political demise of Johnson, a leader who has long criticized Kiiff for his very vigorous arming.

"The lesson of this story is not to try to destroy Russia," said Maria Zakarowa, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russina. "Russia cannot be destroyed. You can break your teeth and choke."

Johnson said Britain's support for Ukraine will continue regardless, but his resignation. Occurred during a period of domestic turmoil in other European countries supporting Kib, questioning their viability against what became a protracted conflict.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak thanked Johnson for being the person who "started calling Spade from the beginning."

Moscow quickly responded to Ukraine's rebellious launch ceremony on Snake Island, about 140 km south of Odesa Port in Ukraine.

Shortly thereafter, the fighter struck Strategic Island, where it destroyed part of a Ukrainian squadron, it said.

Russia abandoned Snake Island at the end of June. This is a goodwill gesture, a Ukrainian victory that Kiif wanted to loosen the blockade of Moscow's Ukrainian port.

Images released by Ukraine on Thursday showed three Ukrainian soldiers hoisting blue and yellow national flags on the ground next to the wreckage of a flat building.

Andriy Yermak, Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine, suggested that this moment would be repeated throughout Ukraine in the coming months.

"The Ukrainian flag is on Snake Island. Before us, there are many more such videos from the currently temporarily occupied Ukrainian city. "He wrote in Telegram.

Russia's missile attack on new residents of the island has caused significant damage to the dock, said Serhiy Brattuk, a spokesman for the Odesa local government.

In Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said several Ukrainian troops had landed on the island before dawn.

"Russian aerospace forces aircraft immediately began to strike with precision missiles," said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the ministry.

Snake Island was asked to surrender by the commander of a Russian ship, and after the Ukrainian troops stationed there delivered a salty repost, Ukraine became Russia's will early in the war. It became a symbol of refusing to give in.

Burning Field

Meanwhile, Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are trying to maintain a line along the northern border of Doneck. Areas that continue to put pressure on the army, in preparation for a wider possible attack on it.

After occupying the city of Lisichansk on Sunday and effectively strengthening full control of the Luhansk region of Ukraine, Moscow reveals plans to occupy an unoccupied part of the adjacent Donetsk region. I made it. Kyiv still dominates some big cities.

Recently, Donetsk Governor Pablo Kirirenko, who has accused Russia of violent bombardment, said seven civilians had been killed by Russia in the region in the last 24 hours.

The mayor of Kramatrusk, a city in eastern Ukraine, said Russian troops fired missiles into the city center in an air bomb on Thursday, causing casualties.

Reuters could not independently validate these assertions. The Russian Defense Ministry states that it does not target civilians and uses precision weapons to eliminate military threats.

Ukrainian troops have stated that Russian troops are moving more troops to the Luhansk region to strengthen Moscow's control.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian officials said a fight was underway at the northern border between Luhansk and the Doneck region as Russian troops attempted a new invasion.

However, a complete attack has not yet been realized after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wanted to rest the troops involved in the occupation of the Luhansk region.

The US-based War Institute said it has not seemed to occupy a new territory since Russia occupied Lisichansk on Sunday.

"The Russian army is suspending operations during a limited ground attack to set conditions for more important attack operations." did.

In the forefront city of Bakumut, smoke rose from a nearby hill, and Ukrainian troops fired bullets and pulled Russian volleys accordingly.

People walked quickly between the stalls of the market, but barely responded to the frequent loud blasts.

Olena Kandeluk (53) stated that the number of fires has increased recently as the battle was closed after the collapse of Lysychansk.

She said, "There are crops to harvest. Some fields have burned," she said, explaining why she stayed.

She said she had some fields burned by the Ukrainian rocket launch and some had Russian fire.

Putin launched an invasion on February 24, demilitarized Ukraine, eradicated what he said was a dangerous nationalist, and protected the Russian speakers of the country. To do so, he called it a "special military operation."

Ukraine and its allies state that Russia has begun imperial land acquisition and has launched the largest conflict in Europe since World War II.

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