Russian troops are trying to strengthen their positions on Zmeiny Island and have deployed their Pantsir and Tor-M2 air defense systems there.
Ukrainian intelligence evaluates Serpentine as a strategic object for Russia.
This was announced by the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vadym Skibitsky on the air of the joint information marathon UAraz on Ukrainian TV channels.
He noted that Russia will use Serpentine to control the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
“Military intelligence has information that the Pantsir and Tor-M2 air defense systems are located on Zmeinoye. And, perhaps, in the future they will even place missile systems there, which will allow shelling the territories not only of our state ,”
He noted that it was not by chance that Russia seized this island at the very beginning of a full-scale invasion and began to deploy its control equipment there.
The intelligence official also said that ideologically, the presence on Zmeiny for Russian troops is an additional opportunity to control the territory of Ukraine.
Recall that earlier the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kirill Budanov, explained that the Snake Island allows you to control the surface and, to a certain extent, the air situation in southern Ukraine. The island is strategically important from the point of view of the possibility of a tactical amphibious landing by Russia.
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