Russia says leaving Ukraine's Snake Island
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The Russian defence ministry said the withdrawal was aimed at demonstrating the world that "Russia is not impeding UN efforts to organise a humanitarian corridor to ship agricultural products from Ukraine".
Moscow added that the "ball is now in Ukraine's court", accusing the pro-Western country of having still not de-mined its Black Sea coast.
Ukraine's southern military command wrote on Facebook that during the night Russia "hurriedly evacuated the remains of its garrison" from the island following "strikes by our missile and artillery units".
Snake Island became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance after a radio exchange went viral at the start of the war, in which Ukrainian soldiers used an expletive in rebuffing a demand by a Russian warship to surrender.