A class Serna landing craft after receiving a hit from Bayraktar.
A pontoon with floating crane is visible at Snake Island’s pier. In front of it a silhouette
of the sunken landing boat and further before another landing boat at the anchor.
During the following week however, the Russians managed to bring the reinforcements
to Snake Island. The pontoon with a floating
crane for heavy cargo offloading anchored at
a pier and the landing crafts were able to off
load the self-propelled Tor and Pantsir AA
systems. The satellite images show traces
of smoke near these boats which indicates
that the Ukrainians attempted to stop the
landing by a rocket attack which missed this
time. Snake Island's strategic value means
however that the battle for it will continue.
Fighting in Donbas
The buildings in the center of Snake Island were destroyed by Su-25s’ raid.
In the meantime, the drones were needed elsewhere. During the first third of May the Russian troops repeatedly attempted to cross
the river Siversky Donets near Bilohorivka
west of the North-Donetsk. That would enable them to surround not only North-Donetsk
but Lysychansk and other cities as well. They
built several pontoon bridges on the river
and established some beachheads. All of
it however was destroyed by Ukrainians. The
Russians lost approximately 500 soldiers
and almost hundred armored vehicles. The
drone's primary role however was to guide
the artillery fire.The bridges and beachheads
at Bilohorivka however came under the
attack of the Ukrainian aircraft. According to
some estimates the Ukrainian air force total
inventory was approximately 30 Su-27 and
Mig-29 fighters and ten Su-25 fighter-bombers. During the period in question (April 16May 16) these aircraft were primarily deployed in Donbas fighting.
First shots in 60 years
Bayraktars destroyed four of the Raptor class boats at Snake Island.
The Russian air force continues its operations with an increased number of missions.
There are as many as 250 missions flown
daily. It also continues with the habit to rarely cross the front lines and concentrates on
launching guided missiles from the safety of
its own airspace. The indication that the Russian sources are being depleted is the more
frequent deployment of the older and lower
The biggest surprise was the deployment of
Kh-22 missiles (NATO code AS-4 Kitchen)
during the first third of May. A video shows