British intelligence, in a traditional daily report, stated that the flight of Russian soldiers from Zmiinyi (Snake) Island was definitely not a "goodwill gesture", as the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed. According to its estimates, the invaders were forced to flee for their lives because of the shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the isolation of their garrison.
"The Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted attacks against the Russian garrison in the past few weeks using missile and drone strikes. In addition, Ukraine used anti-ship missiles to interdict Russian naval vessels attempting to re-supply the island," the report for July 1, 2022 reads.
Context. Recall: On the night of June 30, 2022, the Russians hastily evacuated the remnants of their garrison by two speed boats and left Zmiinyi Island.