Tiny Snake Island has hosted some fierce fighting during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as new satellite photos show.
Snake Island is a 42-acre (17 ha) landmass in the Black Sea, approximately 28 miles (45 kilometers) off the Romanian coast. A few days later, at the end of February, Russia annexed it from Ukraine. attack The battle for control of the strategically important island began, but continues.
On Thursday (May 12), for example, Maxar Technologies’ GeoEye-1 spacecraft snapped a series of photographs of a Ukrainian attack on Snake Island, a Russian Serena-class landing craft that appears to .
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This image shows a likely contrail by Maxar Technologies’ GeoEye-1 satellite captured on May 12, 2022, a Russian Serena-class landing craft and a Ukrainian missile off the coast of Nag Island. (Image Credit: Satellite Image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)
Maxar representatives wrote in an email description of the newly released imagery, “Contrasts of smoke can be seen in this area, possibly from missiles/warships that had recently fired toward the ship, and maneuvering landing craft.” can be seen.”
“In the northern part of the island, a barge with a heavy-lift crane is located close to a sunken Serna-class landing craft, which was recently hit by a Ukrainian drone,” Maxar representatives said on May 12, referring to another GeoI Doing added. -1 Photo.
Snake Island in the Black Sea, as seen by Maxar Technologies’ GeoI-1 satellite on May 12, 2022. (Image credit: Satellite Image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)
“Nearby, an additional Serena-level landing craft is located on a landing ramp,” the description continues. “On the island itself, the imagery (Pantsir surface to air system) provides a close-up view of buildings damaged by recent attacks as well as several Russian air defense vehicles stationed nearby.”
Destroyed buildings and other infrstructure on Snake Island, as landed by Maxar Technologies’ GeoEye-1 satellite on May 12, 2022 (Image credit: Satellite Image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)
Companies such as Maxar, Planet and BlackSky are giving the world a bird’s eye view of the Russian invasion. His imagery helps government officials in the United States and other countries monitor the activities of Russian troops and allows aid organizations to more efficiently map out their operations, among other uses.
A city in dire need of help Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged by Russian forces since the invasion began. About 20,000 civilians have been killed in the siege of Mariupol so far, Ukrainian officials have said,
On this image, May 12, 2022 by captured Maxar Technologies’ worldview 3 satellites, expanding the show running Starokrymske cemetery on the western edge of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (Image credit: Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)
Maxar’s World View-3 satellite saw some evidence of this dire toll on Thursday, with a photo showing the ongoing expansion of the Starokrymsk cemetery on the western edge of Mariupol.
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