Satellite photos show that Snake Island hosted some fighting during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
There is a small island in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania. The battle for control of the strategically important island continues after Russia captured it from Ukraine in February.
On Thursday, Maxar Technologies snapped a series of photos of Snake Island, one of which appears to show a Ukrainian attack on a Russian landing craft.
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Smoke can be seen in the area from missiles that had recently been fired toward the ship, and the landing craft is seen making evasive maneuvers, according to Maxar representatives.
Maxar representatives said that a barge with a heavy-lift crane is positioned close to a sunken Serna-class landing craft that had recently been struck by Ukrainian drones.
There is an additional Serna-class landing craft positioned at a landing ramp on the island.
Companies such as Maxar, Planet and BlackSky are giving the world a bird's-eye view of the Russian invasion. Government officials in the United States and other nations use their imagery to monitor Russian troop movements and aid organizations use it to map out their operations.
Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged by Russian forces since the invasion began, is in dire need of aid. The siege in Mariupol has killed over 20,000 people so far.
On Thursday, Maxar's Worldview-3 satellite spotted some evidence of this grim toll, snapping a photo of the ongoing expansion of Starokrymske Cemetery on Mariupol's western edge.
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