- Jul 4, 2013
I was reading in a pro Russian telegram group that the snake island is strategically pretty important, but only when they are taking Odessa. Till then, its very expensive to keep a hold on it.They withdrew because it's hard to defend the island.
Also it's worthless tactically I guess.
Maybe they hoped to take Odessa earlier and now the plans could have changed.
Added to the above is the propaganda point that we are not blocking any export of wheat from Odessa or other ports... as proof of our intent, we give up snake island.