STAMP-EDE OUT OF SNAKE ISLAND
Posted on 2nd July 2022
During this appalling war in Ukraine it is hard to find anything to smile about but this week is different. “Kaboom” tweeted Andriy Yermak, Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, “No more Russian troops on Snake Island”. This is the place made famous by the Ukrainian soldier who at the beginning of the war told the attacking warship to “ Go fuck yourself”. Ukrainians consider the whole episode so uplifting that they issued a stamp showing the soldier giving the finger to the Russian cruiser Moskva. This warship was the flagship of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. Its sinking marked the loss of the largest Russian ship since the end of World War II and was a blow to the Kremlin. Apart from the significant boost to morale that this represents, the retaking of this island has significant strategic importance as it will now, hopefully, allow the resumption of Ukrainian exports from the Black Sea ports. The Russians, of course, are claiming the withdrawal from Snake Island was voluntary to allow this to happen. Don’t believe a word of it, this is a win for Ukraine.