7 May 2022
As part of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, Russian forces continue to build up their military presence on the tiny, but strategically important, Snake Island (Zmiinyi Island).
They have recently managed to land some mobile air defence vehicles and the area is currently covered by an SA-15, two SA-13 launchers plus several ZSU-23 AAA guns. Left unchecked the Russians will be able to land more long-range SAM and anti-shipping missiles giving them dominance in the Black Sea.
To counter this threat the Ukrainian Air Force is planning a high risk, ultra-low-level bombing strike on the island.