Ukraine update: Russia can’t stop getting snake bit

Ukraine update: Russia can’t stop getting snake bit

Maybe Ukraine’s patron saint isn’t actually St. Javelin, but St. Patrick. Whoever is running the show, they don’t seem to like Russians who hang around Snake Island. 

#Ukraine: A birdie flew past & gave us another angle of the Ukrainian TB-2 strike against a Russian Tor SAM system on Snake Island- another TB-2 was watching no less than 108km (67mi) away. Seems the missiles went a little crazy after the strike.https://t.co/eft74Bgj2H pic.twitter.com/j33VydqQSg

— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 6, 2022

And when it comes to landing ships, Russia appears to have lost another at … where else.

#Ukraine: A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB-2 drone strike struck and destroyed what appears to be Project 11770 Serna-class landing craft, again at Snake Island. pic.twitter.com/w7qrgzWaPo

— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 7, 2022

This is the fourth landing ship Russia has lost, after one was sunk and two more damaged by an earlier missile strike in the Sea of Azov. Adding a nice bit of irony to this drone takedown is the fact that the ship was in the process of delivering an anti-aircraft system for Russians occupying the island. Russia might have used that when to jets from the Ukrainian Air Force showed up to stroke targets days later.

Snake Island again… Air strike from Ukrainian jets#RussiaUkraineWar #EU @NATO @POTUS #war @BorisJohnson #BlackSea #EmbargoRussianOilandGas #Mariupol #RussianWarCrimes #ArmUkraineNow #Russia #Azovstal #Ukraine #Bayraktar #AdmiralMakarov #Germany #Italy #Spain #Popasna #Orks pic.twitter.com/gpL7B74dwk

— ᏝÎᗿ∑ᚱ₸₳ℝℐᎯℕ🇺🇦🇨🇦🇯🇵🔱 (@sanctuary_field) May 7, 2022

And of course the original unwanted visitor to Snake Island, the cruiser Moskva, flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, got promoted to submarine after being on the radio reply that was the best signal of just how the whole war was going to go down for Putin.

However, when it comes to this report, the Black Sea still seems a little… dark.

#Ukraine‘s General Staff reported that #Russia has lost another ship. The MP from Odesa and local media outlets claim it is the Russian Navy patrol ship Admiral Makarov, an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate. Needs to be confirmed. pic.twitter.com/kj8HLJHPhj

— Alexander Khrebet/Олександр Хребет (@AlexKhrebet) May 6, 2022

The wits at Wikipedia took no time at all to translate this news into an updated entry for the  frigate in question.

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov #Ukraine #Russia #Navyhttps://t.co/V8ZxmSeofm pic.twitter.com/2LLePHUfp6

— Arat’s InsighT (@CuriousAttender) May 5, 2022

But there remains no confirmation of this sinking. In fact, Russian sources have claimed the Makrov is “chilling” in the port at Sevastopol. Meanwhile others have insisted that low-resolution video showing a sinking ship is the Makrov settling into the sea. Something seems to have happened, as the time of the ship’s reported disappearance was marked by a lot of overflights from the US and other potentially interested parties. But there’s no clear evidence that Russia lost this ship.

The best guess is that the Makrov did not sink, and probably was never hit. The closest thing to an official statement suggests this was a “misunderstanding.” Or maybe it sank. I genuinely do not know.

But it would probably be advised to stay away from Snake Island.

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