Russia-Ukraine War

Russia abandons Snake Island to free passage of Ukraine's grain export

Defense Ministry says it is Kyiv's turn now to clear mines on sea coast, in ports

Elena Teslova   | 30.06.2022
Russia abandons Snake Island to free passage of Ukraine's grain export

MOSCOW

Russia on Thursday said its forces have completed their withdrawal from Ukraine’s Snake Island in the northwestern Black Sea.

The step was taken to free the passage of the Ukraine’s grain export, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“On June 30, as a step of goodwill, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation completed their tasks on the Snake Island and withdrew from the garrison stationed there.

“Thus, it was demonstrated to the world community that the Russian Federation does not hinder the efforts of the UN to organize a humanitarian corridor for the export of agricultural products from the territory of Ukraine,” it said.

Now it is Kyiv’s turn to clear mines on the sea coast and in ports in order to ensure the possibility of the grain export, the statement added.

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